Mexico hits bourbon, US farm products with retaliatory tariffs

Mexico hits bourbon, US farm products with retaliatory tariffs
Posted at 9:53 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 09:53:47-04

The US trade dispute with Mexico is heating up.

In retaliation for the Trump administration announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico and much of the rest of the world, Mexico Tuesday announced a series of tariffs against US exports to its market valued at a reported $3 billion, raising the price of products including pork, apples, potatoes, bourbon as well as different types of cheese.

"It is necessary and urgent to impose measures equivalent to the measures implemented by" the US, said the statement issued by the Mexican government. Mexico had signaled last week that it intended to retaliate against the US steel and aluminum tariffs.

While Mexico exports more goods and services to the US than it buys, it is also the second largest market for US exports, buying $345 billion of US goods and services last year, according to the Commerce Department.

That put it behind only China in terms of the value of US exports.