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avocadofrontFive trucks carrying a shipment of 100 tons of avocados from the state of Jalisco, Mexico were halted last Wednesday at the Mexican-U.S. border, by order of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Director of the avocado producers’ association of Jalisco Ignacio Gomez said he was not sure if the decision by the Department of Agriculture followed US President or was unrelated.

During the presidential campaign, he argued that the North American Free Trade Agreement favored Mexico at the expense of U.S. workers and had vowed to either rewrite or withdraw from the deal, as well as build a giant border wall and possibly slap steep tariffs on imports.

Since NAFTA took effect in 1994, Mexican exports to the United States have jumped six-fold to some US$320 billion a year, transforming a once-closed economy into a hub for investment and sweatshops for some of the world's biggest companies.

US President's victory has also put new pressure on automakers and other manufacturers that have become dependent on open trade with Mexico.

In announcing his campaign in June 2015, Trump vowed to block Ford from opening a new plant in Mexico and threatened to impose tariffs on cars it shipped back across the border.

Source:Tele Sur TV

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