The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) coordinated the trade mission visit of several businessmen from the People’s Republic of China that are interested in acquiring Mexican pecan nuts directly from the producers of the region of Laguna…Full Article: Fresh Plaza June 2016

Key Point

  • In early 2016, a Chinese trade mission representing 14 companies visited the northern Mexican nut producing states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, and Durango. In 2015, a Mexican agricultural delegation visited China.  As a result of these meetings, Mexico and China signed various agreements, including one that temporarily lowered the Chinese import tariffs on Mexican pecans from 25% to 10%.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Chinese pecan imports have a WTO import tariff rate of 24.7%.
  • In 2012, according to Southern US Trade Association, China imported US$140 million worth of US pecans, or roughly 20% of total US output. At the time, the US supplied 80% of the world’s pecans.
  • From 2005 to 2009, according to a horticulture specialist in College Station, Texas, Chinese imports of US pecan nuts increased from approximately 1,316 MTs to 36,287 MTs. Chinese demand for US pecans reportedly began in 2007 after walnut prices increased.

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