July 29, 2003
News Release 03-068


Mexican farmers' reaction to imports of U.S. agricultural products is the topic covered in the current issue of the International Economic Review (IER), a publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Economics.

The IER is produced as part of the ITC's international trade monitoring program. The program's purpose is to keep the Commission informed about significant developments in international economics and trade and to maintain the Commission's readiness to provide technical information and advice to policymakers in the Congress and the executive branch. The opinions and conclusions of the IER are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or any individual Commissioner.

The current issue (May/June 2003) includes the following article:

Mexican Farmers Demand Protection Against Imports of U.S. Agricultural Products -- In response to impassioned demonstrations by Mexican farmers, who deplore the elimination of the agricultural tariffs and quotas that took place on January 1, 2003, under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government of Mexico has applied new, protective measures against agricultural imports from its NAFTA partners. The government has also granted more financial support on behalf of Mexican farmers.

In addition, the publication reviews U.S. economic performance relative to other major trade partners, U.S. trade performance, and economic forecasts, as well as a review of U.S. international transactions for 2002 and direct investment positions for 2001. Comparative economic indicators for major industrialized countries are also provided.

The current issue of the IER (USITC Publication 3612, May/June 2003) will be available on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. To request a printed copy, write to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436, or fax requests to 202-205-2104.

To be added to the mailing list for the publication, write to the Office of Economics, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436, or fax requests to 202-205-2340.

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