Mexican tomato seeks new markets

The Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture AC (AMHPAC) is in search of new markets for tomatoes to make up for any potential impact of an antidumping decision by the U.S. in the future.

"We can't rely solely on one market because it makes us vulnerable. We have to have a portfolio of markets so that our members have several options so that their exports can be distributed in a way that best suits them," said Alfredo Diaz Belmonte, president of AMHPAC.

Diaz Belmonte explained that about 90% of AMHPAC's production was exported mainly to the U.S. and Canada.

He said the association is working with various government agencies, including ProMéxico and the Ministry of Economy, to assess the potential of different markets, as well as their phytosanitary regulations. "I can't tell you which markets will be evaluated right now since we are just beginning the process for some countries in Europe, Asia and South America."

"We would like to explore the possibility of Mercosur, to see the demand in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. It is a significant amount of people and a large potential market. "

"The fact that our products are safe will allow us to continue having a reputation for quality and to keep the market where we already are positioned."

Belmonte Diaz said tomatoes represent 60% of the members of AMHPAC, followed by cucumbers (20%), peppers (17%) and eggplant and other crops (3%).

He stressed that producers are waiting for a slightly better harvest in the autumn-winter season.


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