CCPC Praises Move by the U.S. Trade Representative to Initiate Dispute Settlement with Mexico over Corn Decree

[Centennial, CO — June 2, 2023] The U.S. Trade Representative announced today that it is filing a dispute settlement under the U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement in response to the steps Mexico has taken to ban biotech corn for human consumption.

“Mexico’s decree, which is not based on science and risk-based policies, threatens not only the economic prosperity of our corn farmers, but food security for Mexican citizens,” said CCPC President Rod Hahn. “This is a step to ensure free and open trade with one of our largest trading partners and ensure that Colorado corn farmers can continue to utilize innovative technologies to meet the sustainable food, feed, and fuel needs across the globe.”

Under USMCA, once a dispute settlement is filed, a group of objective experts will be empaneled to hear the case and make final determinations based on the commitments both parties signed as part of the free trade agreement.

The dispute stems from a 2020 decree by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that sought to ban imports of biotech corn beginning in January 2024. Mexico issued a revised decree in February of this year that banned biotech corn for human consumption effective immediately and left the door open for a future ban on biotech corn for feed.

Mexico is a top market for corn, the number one agricultural export from the U.S., which has led to strong concerns over how the ban would impact U.S. farmers, rural economies and food security for the people of Mexico.