According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Mexico is our country’s third largest supplier of imported goods. But it’s not all Topo Chico and avocados.
Following Thursday’s news that President Donald Trump intends to impose a 20 percent tariff on all goods imported from our southern neighbor, you might be curious to know what makes up the some $295 billion worth of stuff we get from Mexico.
The top import from Mexico to the U.S. (as of 2015) was cars, totaling $74 billion, followed by electrical machinery with $63 billion. Another top import was $12 billion worth of optical and medical instruments.
Texas, with the longest stretch of the Mexican border of any other U.S. state, is heavily influenced by its neighboring country’s culture — especially its food. The U.S. imported $21 billion worth of agricultural products from Mexico in 2015, making it America’s second largest supplier of agricultural imports. That consists of some $4.8 billion worth of fresh vegetables, $4.3 billion of fresh fruit and $2.7 billion of wine and beer.
And (because we know you’re worried), what about avocados? According to the Washington Post, more than 98 percent of America’s avocados come from just three countries: Chile, Peru and, Mexico — the last of which provides the vast majority of those perfect little green fruits you love so much. In fact, 78 percent of Mexico’s avocado exports wind up in the hands (and guacamole) of Americans. What else goes in guacamole that’s at risk to be negatively affected by the tax? Not peas — go home, New York Times — but tomatoes, NBC reports.
According to CNN Money, the Mexican government has already warned Trump against tariffs, promising to “respond immediately” by “neutralizing” imposed taxes.