In 2009, Mexico imposed ‘retaliatory tariffs’ on 99 different US exports across the border, including a 20% tariff on the US wine, purportedly as a result of a dispute between the two countries over the safety of Mexican trucks. For the past two years, that tariff has significantly decreased the value of wine exports to Mexico, while wineries focused on other markets with less restriction. In 2007, US wine exports to Mexico totaled more than $23 million dollars. But after the imposition of the tariff, those numbers dropped. In 2010, the total value of US Wine exports to Mexico was down approximately $2.5 million. Since the beginning of 2011, those exports have slipped an additional 25%.

The truck safety issue was reportedly resolved early this year, and Mexico agreed to lift the tariff. It was dropped to 10% in July and completely eliminated this month.

Recent TTB action also aims to ease US wine exports. On October 20, the US, along with Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, and Georgia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help reduce barriers to international wine trade and support exporters of wine in each participating country by encouraging the elimination of burdensome requirements and certifications of wine products and ingredients. More information on the MOU can be found on the TTB Website.


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