In a statement, President Trump’s administration announced that the U.S will impose a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports from June 10.
Duties of 25% will be added in the next months if Mexico does not take action to “reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens” crossing into the U.S, the White House said.
Mexico was the second-largest exporters of goods to the United States in 2018, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
“If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the tariffs will be removed. If the crisis persists, however, the tariffs will be raised to 10 percent on July 1, 2019,” the White House said.
“Tariffs will be increased to 15 percent on August 1, to 20 percent on September 1, and to 25 percent on October 1, 2019,” it added. “Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.”
Categories affected by these increased duties include fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, wine and beer, and processed foods.