As CNBC informs, this move comes in spite of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sending a letter to congressional leaders to approve updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mexico was the second-largest importer of goods into the US in 2018, as the Office of the US Trade Representative informed. In fact, the US has imported $346.5 billion of goods from Mexico in 2018, which is an increase of 10.3% in comparison to the previous year.
However, if Mexico manages to address the migration situation, as the US mandates, the tariffs will be removed. On the other hand, if the situation remains the same, the Tariffs will be increased to 10% on July 1, 2019. In addition to that, tariffs will be increased to 15% on August 1, 2019, 20% on September 1, 2019, and 25% on October 1, 2019. After that, tariffs will remain at the 25% unless Mexico stops the illegal inflow of aliens into its territory.
Responding to the tariffs, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that he does not wish confrontation, as leaders must resolve their disagreements peacefully. Now, Mr. Obrador asked for US and Mexican officials to discuss how to reach an agreement that will benefit both countries.