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Pear Growers Face Mexican Tariff

Associated Press - March 20, 2009 11:25 AM ET

Growers of pears, cherries and apricots will feel the retaliation from Mexico because some Mexican trucks will no longer be allowed to transport goods in the United States.

Mexico is raising tariffs on those crops and some others. That will raise the price and hurt sales. The tariff will add about $4 to a box of pears that now cost $18.

The Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association says Washington and Oregon shipped about 2 million boxes of pears last year to Mexico. That's nearly one-tenth the crop.

Orchard industry officials told The Yakima Herald-Republic they hope Mexico lifts the tariffs before they hurt sales of apricots and cherries this summer.

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