Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier

July 07, 2021

MEXICO CITY – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today held a meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor Villalobos and Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier. The meeting occurred during Ambassador Tai’s visit to Mexico City for trilateral events to mark the one-year anniversary of the entry into force of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Ambassador Tai began by highlighting the significance of the bilateral agricultural trade relationship between both countries. Ambassador Tai emphasized the importance of Mexico immediately resuming the authorization of biotechnology products and inquired about the status of expanding access for U.S. fresh potatoes throughout Mexico. They also discussed the potential mutual benefits of aligning Mexico and the United States’ policy on ethanol gasoline blends.

Ambassador Tai and Secretaries Villalobos and Clouthier also discussed the implementation of USMCA’s environment chapter – including concerns related to the conservation and protection of the vaquita, illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and sea turtle bycatch. They agreed to work together to fully implement and enforce the USMCA’s high-standard environmental commitments.