13 Nov 2011

Import tariff on NZ kiwifruit by Mexico to end

5:38 am on 13 November 2011

The Mexican Government has scrapped a 20% tariff on kiwifruit imports from New Zealand.

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser says the move will save the industry $1 million per year.

Mr Groser, who is in Honolulu for a summit meeting of APEC, says the tariff put New Zealand growers at a severe disadvantage, because their main competitors, Chile and the United States do not have to pay tariffs.

He says eliminating the tariff will open new possibilities between the two countries.

Zespri is already looking to set up a pilot plant to produce kiwifruit in Mexico during New Zealand's off season.