The U.S. Calls for USMCA Dispute Settlement Consult With Mexico Over GM Corn Ban
After years of talks, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced that the U.S. has formally requested a dispute settlement consultation with Mexico regarding that country’s ban on GM corn, which was announced in 2020. Under the terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, both countries will present their cases before a dispute settlement board that will then issue a ruling over the long-standing trade dispute.
In a statement explaining the move, U.S. officials contend that Mexico is not meeting its agreements under the USMCA, noting that it has repeatedly stated to Mexico that its biotechnology policies are not science-based and threaten U.S. exports and food security.
Many U.S. agricultural leaders, including the National Corn Growers Association, have been calling for a dispute resolution settlement since the fall of 2022, and are praising the official request, noting that such a ban on the part of Mexico would negatively affect people in both countries.