United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Aug. 17 the United States is formally requesting a dispute panel with the Government of Mexico under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Chapter of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) to address genetically modified (GMO) corn restrictions by Mexico contrary to its USMCA commitments.

In a press release, Tai cited concerns with Mexico’s February 13, 2023, decree that bans the use of biotech corn in tortillas and other food products.

Specifically, Ambassador Tai stated: “It is critical that Mexico eliminate its USMCA-inconsistent biotechnology measures so that American farmers can continue to access the Mexican market and use innovative tools to respond to climate and food security challenges.”

U.S. Grains Council Comment:

“The U.S. Grains Council thanks the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for requesting this dispute panel through the USMCA. Mexico’s policies on biotechnology are not based on sound science and are ultimately designed to block U.S. corn exports,” said USGC President and CEO Ryan LeGrand.

“We have had a long and productive relationship with Mexico. It is our number one market for U.S. corn, and we support this action because it will likely be the most expedient way to ensure that positive relationship continues.”