Mexico's tequila exporters warily eye US tariffs deadline

Mexico's tequila exporters warily eye US tariffs deadline

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(AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo shows one of many “blue agave" fields that line the roadsides in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. The “blue agave" plant is the prime material for the production of Tequila. The Tequila Regul... (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo shows one of many “blue agave" fields that line the roadsides in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. The “blue agave" plant is the prime material for the production of Tequila. The Tequila Regul...
(AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, Salvador Rosales, director of the family-run business Tequila Cascahuin, speaks during an interview in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Last week, President Donald Trump shocked Mexico an... (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, Salvador Rosales, director of the family-run business Tequila Cascahuin, speaks during an interview in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Last week, President Donald Trump shocked Mexico an...
(AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, shows a mural showcasing the heart of Mexico's tequila country, at the Tequila Cascahuín distillery, in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Almost all tequilas are from in and around the state ... (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, shows a mural showcasing the heart of Mexico's tequila country, at the Tequila Cascahuín distillery, in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Almost all tequilas are from in and around the state ...
(AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, a worker uses a machete to harvest "blue agave", in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Agave takes from six to 12 years to mature before it is harvested and the spiny leaves removed for bak... (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo, a worker uses a machete to harvest "blue agave", in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. Agave takes from six to 12 years to mature before it is harvested and the spiny leaves removed for bak...
(AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo shows shows pinas, the pineapple-looking center of an agave, at the Tequila Cascahuín, in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. After decades of building a domestic market for Tequila Cascahuín, S... (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz). This Wednesday, June 5, 2019 photo shows shows pinas, the pineapple-looking center of an agave, at the Tequila Cascahuín, in El Arenal, Jalisco state, Mexico. After decades of building a domestic market for Tequila Cascahuín, S...

By ROGELIO NAVARRO and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press

EL ARENAL, Mexico (AP) - After decades of building a domestic market for Tequila Cascahuín, Salvador Rosales readied the family business for a plunge into the U.S. export market this year. He made sure he had a stable supply of high-quality blue agave, the succulent whose juice is distilled into tequila, so that once they planted their flag, they wouldn't disappoint.

Tequila Cascahuín envisioned exporting about 350 to 420 cases to the United States this year and building from there. But those plans could be derailed by President Donald Trump's threat of tariffs starting at 5% and rising higher until he is satisfied Mexico is doing enough to stop the flow of Central American immigrants through its territory.

Last week Trump shocked Mexico with a June 10 deadline to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports.

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