Shoppers wait in line at a Sam’s Club in Mexico City on Thursday. The Trump administration announced it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. Mexico retaliated quickly saying it would penalize U.S. imports including pork bellies, apples, grapes, cheeses and flat steel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Shoppers wait in line at a Sam’s Club in Mexico City on Thursday. The Trump administration announced it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. Mexico retaliated quickly saying it would penalize U.S. imports including pork bellies, apples, grapes, cheeses and flat steel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico slaps 20 percent tariff on US apples

Washington state is the nation’s leading apple producer and Mexico is its biggest export market.

Associated Press

SPOKANE — The Washington Apple Commission says Mexico will immediately slap a 20 percent tariff on apples from the United States in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on aluminum and steel.

The commission said Tuesday that Washington state is the nation’s leading apple producer and Mexico is their biggest export market.

The state’s 1,300 growers are the source for almost all the U.S. apples sent to Mexico.

Last year, Washington growers shipped 13.7 million 40-pound cartons valued at more than $215 million to Mexico.

During the current season, shipments have been 13 percent ahead of last year and were on track to exceed 15 million bushels.

The Apple Commission says the new tariff puts that goal in doubt.

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