The American Meat Institute (AMI) joined a multitude of organizations and businesses in sending an open letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress emphasizing the importance of the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico and urging further strengthening of the successful partnership.

“Increasing exports is the wise and proper approach to reducing our current account deficit, but it can only be done by deepening – not abandoning – our successful North American partnership with Canada and Mexico and by establishing similar relationships with other countries around the world,” the letter states.

An important first step is a quick resolution to the ongoing trucking dispute between the two nations, the letter notes. Mexico has said it will levy tariffs of 10% to 20% on specific goods in retaliation for the recent shutdown by Congress of a pilot program that allowed some Mexican truckers to operate on U.S. highways.

To read the entire article and the letter written by AMI, link here.