National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles does not think it is a coincidence the Mexican Supreme Court declined to put the cases up for consideration on Wednesday. “What’s going on here is highly unusual and politics are at play.” Quarles says the dispute may require a new course of action. This could be elevated to a new, impartial body under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “It’s called a dispute resolution process and it’s essentially a court system in the USMCA. They have a process the trade agreement foresaw, there may be differences between the three countries on key trade issues, and there’s a process to resolve them. Impartial individuals review the details,” says Quarles. “I don’t think there’s a lack of confidence the U.S. could win, but it will take time.”
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