Ag exports to Mexico languish over NAFTA concerns

June 23, 2017 – FOX News reported last week: “Friction between the US and Mexico over trade is starting to cut into sales for US farmers and agricultural companies, adding uncertainty for an industry struggling with low commodity prices and excess supply.

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Over the first four months of 2017, Mexican imports of US soybean meal, used to feed poultry and livestock, dropped 15%, the first decrease for the period in four years, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture. Shipments of U.S. chicken meat fell 11%, the biggest decline for the period since 2003. US corn exports to Mexico declined 6%. Mexico is the largest US export market for those commodities.

The numbers depict how Mexican companies are now increasingly buying grain on a short-term basis and purchasing more chicken from Brazil, troubling some industry officials and analysts. The trade data, which is the latest available, indicates that Mexico is starting to follow through on aspirations to buy food from a wider range of countries, and reduce reliance on the US.”

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