On August 14, 2014, the Chihuahua regional agriculture union, "UNIFRUT," filed an application to initiate an unfair trade practices investigation alleging price discrimination claiming U.S. apples are entering the Mexican market at below fair market value.
According to the Capital Press, in order to successfully argue a dumping charge, Mexican apple growers would have to prove U.S. “shippers unfairly undercut the Mexican apple market by selling below the cost of production or selling at substantially less than it sold apples in commensurate markets” in addition to “proving injury to their growers.”
On December 4, 2014, International Commercial Practices Unit (UPCI), Secretariat of Economy (Economía) published a notice in the Diario Oficial announcing the action. Exporters, importers and other interested parties typically would have twenty-eight (28) working days from December 4, 2014, to respond to questionnaires from Economía. However, due to Economía’s closure from December 22, 2014, to January 6, 2015, the deadline to submit questionnaires is January 16, 2015.
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