Mexico sees U.S. willingness for tomato tariff deal: economy minister

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FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s Economy Minister Graciela Marquez attends a session with lawmakers and senators at the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said on Wednesday she had spoken to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by telephone about progress toward an agreement that would suspend tariffs on Mexican tomatoes.

“The dialogue remains open and there is a willingness to come to a mutually beneficial agreement,” Marquez added in a post on her Twitter account, without giving more details.

In early May, the Trump administration imposed a 17.5% tariff on Mexican tomatoes after the two countries were unable to renew a 2013 agreement that suspended a U.S. anti-dumping investigation.

Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher