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Mexico Review Compensatory Beef Duties

27 May 2009

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

MEXICO - The Mexican Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) a decree stating its acceptance of the request to initiate a review of compensatory duties imposed on US beef originating from Tyson Fresh Meat.

The SE proposed 1 January to 1 December 2008, as the period to be investigated. All Mexican producers and importers of boneless beef from Tyson who believe they have a legal interest in the case could appear before the SE.

On 28 April 2000 SE published in the Federal Register its final decision on the antidumping case against exporters of U.S. beef and edible beef offal by imposing a complex set of specific duties on most beef carcasses and cuts, including a duty of $0.13/kg on boneless beef produced by IBP, Inc.

Further, in October 2004, SE published in its Federal Register changes to the duties due to the 15 March 29004, final decision of a bi-national panel formed under to article 1904 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to rule on the validity of the duties.

The final decision of the panel upheld SE's decision (on IBP Inc.) However, due to some changes in companies’ names and ownership, the panel ruled that the corresponding duties on IBP, Inc. product would be applied to product from Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.

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