Mexico has pledged to enact almost $228 million in punitive tariffs on U.S. apples, dairy, liquor and hygiene products, in retaliation for U.S. country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.
The World Trade Organization has ruled the labeling requirements are discriminatory against Mexican and Canadian goods. The two countries have the right to assess tariffs equivalent to damages.
Mexico's Economy Department said Monday it is currently asking the WTO for permission to enact the tariffs, and said permission could come later this month.
The department said damages to Canadian producers were about three times higher.
The law was included in the 2002 and 2008 U.S. farm bills and was backed by consumer advocates who say it helps shoppers know where their food comes from.