Feb 24, 2021
Fresh potatoes-to-Mexico case delayed until March 3 (at least)

Ruling on the cases involving U.S. fresh potato access to all of Mexico has been postponed by the Mexican Supreme Court. The court will not rule on the cases before March 3.

US Mexico flagsThe judge who authored a draft ruling on the case, which would overturn the ban on importation of U.S. fresh potatoes beyond 26 kilometers of the border, requested the delay, said the National Potato Council. The cases, which have been in the Mexican Supreme Court since 2018, had been slated for ruling on Feb. 24.

At issue is a draft ruling that would overturn a 2017 lower court decision preventing the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations to allow for the importation of fresh U.S. potatoes throughout the country. If this draft ruling is not approved, it calls into question Mexico’s authority to allow any agricultural imports.

For additional background, visit www.nationalpotatocouncil.org/mexico-supreme-court-fresh-potato-imports/.

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