Mexico’s trade minister will meet Wilbur Ross in Washington

Vastavam web: Mexico’s trade minister will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington on Wednesday, said two sources familiar with the situation, at a time of tension in bilateral ties and as negotiators meet to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.The meeting between Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Ross was not planned to discuss the NAFTA pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, a third source said, mentioning that it aimed to address two other issues, without giving details.Asked whether Guajardo would be discussing sugar trade with Ross, Mexico’s chief NAFTA negotiator, Kenneth Smith, said Mexico and the United States had agreements to manage trade in sugar and tomatoes, which were periodically reviewed. He did not confirm whether those two issues were on the agenda.

Mexico has expressed concern about curbs on steel and aluminum imports being considered by U.S. President Donald Trump, including a proposed 24 percent tariff on steel products from all countries. Trump could exclude certain countries from the tariffs.