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Mexico’s removal of tariffs will have a tremendous economic impact on Belize’s agro-productive sector says Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai

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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 7:32 pm CST.

Photo Credit: GOB Press Office

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Mexico’s removal of tariffs will have a tremendous economic impact on Belize’s agro-productive sector, said Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE)

“We have just made an agreement with the Prime Minister that Mexico will remove tariffs on products that Belize may export to our country,” said Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador during his visit here last Friday.

“In other words, it will be possible for Belize to export to Mexico food products, agricultural products, beef, and other basic food products without paying duties. We are removing tariffs.”

Minister Mai who has been working precisely for that since taking over at MAFSE in November 2020, was very pleased to hear the Mexican President make the announcement.

“That means a lot for the future of Belize as an agriculture-based country. It means that we have access to a 123-million-people market. It means that we can produce and export black beans, we can produce and export soybeans and soybean products, we can produce and export cattle free of tariffs,” said Mai.

“This is a historic agreement which will immediately provide a boost in our productive sector which now has real and ready access to a huge market which has previously been difficult to access,” said the Government of Belize Press Office.

But the MAFSE Minister said that even though he was expecting the removal of tariffs on certain items like livestock, López Obrador offered more than he had expected.

“This is much more than we expected from the Mexican government. We were preparing to ask them for the tariff removal for cattle, for shrimp, black beans and soybeans, but when the president made that announcement, even after I had left, I kept wondering in my mind if what I heard was really true,” said Mai.

“This is because of the tremendous economic impact this will have on the agro-productive sector of this country,” he concluded.

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