U.S.-Mexico deal on avocados and potatoes delayed

Amid fanfare and banners, a load of avocados grown and packed in the Mexican state of Jalisco was headed for Texas the week of Jan. 16-21, marking the first time avocados from that region would have access to the U.S. market. While that truck was moving north on the Mexican highway, Potatoes USA and the U.S. National Potato Council issued a joint press release noting that “interim steps” had been taken by the United States and Mexico, creating “additional fresh potato access to Mexico” for U.S. producers. About a day later, the avocado truck was rerouted, a planned celebration in Laredo, TX, was delayed and leaders of the two potato organizations noted that “any actions to open the Mexican market to U.S. fresh potatoes [beyond the 26 kilometer zone along the border which currently has access] are postponed indefinitely.” More