US imports of Mexican squash and cucumbers do not affect local production
Mexico will be able to continue selling its squash and cucumbers to the United States. Investigations carried out by US authorities at the request of producers in Florida and Georgia have concluded that the imports do not affect local production.
In 2020, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) opened an investigation to determine if these imports posed a threat to U.S. production and concluded that they did not. In fact, the ITC found that US cucumber and squash imports from Mexico, which increased significantly between 2015 and 2020, helped meet US consumer demand. Consumer trends are shifting towards healthier foods, said Alfredo Diaz, general manager of the Mexican Association for Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC).
The survey highlighted the quality, variety and packaging of Mexican products, he said.
He also said the increased demand represents a business opportunity for the horticulture industry as it promotes the growth of production infrastructure. As a result, the area dedicated to protected agriculture increases by 1,500 hectares per year.
Growers are now waiting for US authorities to complete the pepper export investigation, which they say will have the same favorable outcome as other investigations into the rest of the crops that have been implicated.