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Mexico analyzes increasing and diversifying agri-food exports to Australia

Christian Fernsby |
The Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, endorsed the Mexican Government's policy of supporting trade relations with clear rules and fair prices, for the benefit of producers and consumers.

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The Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, and the Australian Ambassador to Mexico, Remo Moretta, reviewed issues on the common agenda in agri-food matters, with the aim of increasing trade, for the benefit of producers and consumers of both nations.

In a work meeting, they discussed the interest of exporting Mexican berries and Persian limes to Australia, as well as the development of supply and value chains that could make this trade possible.

Villalobos Arámbula pointed out that Mexico is interested in exporting citrus fruits, particularly lemons, as well as mangoes and berries, among other primary sector products that are widely in demand by international consumers.

He stressed that the policy of the Government of Mexico is to accompany trade relations. We are an open country that seeks clear rules and fair prices for the benefit of producers, consumers and the good development of the markets of both countries and regions, he indicated.

The Australian ambassador to Mexico, Remo Moretta, said that his country is interested in diversifying the export and import of various agricultural and agro-industrial inputs of commercial interest to both nations.

He pointed out that they seek to work with Mexico at three levels: multilaterally, through the support of various countries to reduce subsidies that distort trade in the world, and regionally, when it comes to implementing axes of the Comprehensive and Progressive Treaty of Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP) of the Pacific Alliance and the drive to commercially integrate Latin American countries.

At the bilateral level, he added, the objective is to increase commercial interests, such as the circle in which Mexico imports Australian barley and malt to produce beer that is exported to them and that, in 2021, generated an economic spillover to our country for more of 60 million dollars.

Remo Moretta trusted the progress made in the process of exporting Persian limes from Mexico to Australia, which could take place in 2023, as well as frozen berries.

The main agri-food and fishery products that Mexico sells to Australia are: beer (60 million dollars), tequila (25 million dollars), dates (7.9 million dollars), malt preparations (7 million dollars) and unroasted coffee. (six million dollars).

The agri-food and fisheries trade balance between Mexico and Australia is in surplus, with an average annual growth rate of 25.2 percent. At the end of 2021, Mexican exports were for 161 million dollars and imports for 107 million dollars.

Australia is one of the countries that will participate in the World Wine Congress, which will be held in November this year in Baja California.

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