United Fresh condemns proposed Trump tariffs

United Fresh condemns proposed Trump tariffs

President and CEO Tom Stenzel called the tariffs a "misguided concept."

June 3, 2019

In a statement issues on Friday, May 31, United Fresh president Tom Stenzel called the Trump administration's proposed tariffs on Mexican goods a "misguided concept."

“President Trump’s proposal to put tariffs on all imports from Mexico in order to slow down migrants from Central America applying for U.S. asylum is a misguided concept," Stenzel said. "Fortunately, the business community, agriculture and national leaders from both political parties have expressed strong opposition to this step. United Fresh will continue to work with allies to prevent this proposal from being implemented. Industry members should know that no tariffs are in place, and commerce today should not be affected. We will stay on top of this situation, and inform our members if the situation changes.”

Last week, president Donald Trump said that he planned to imposed a 5% tariffs on all goods exported to the U.S. from Mexico starting on June 10 if the Mexican government. The tariffs, which could be pushed as high as 25% if implemented, is a move from the president to force the Mexican government to block migrants from Central America from entering the U.S.

Both Democratic and Republican members of congress - including finance committee chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa - have come out against the tariffs. The proposed tariffs also come as the administration is working to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).