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MEXICO CITY, March 13 Mexico would seek to block
U.S. high-fructose corn syrup from entering Mexico if the United
States imposes any tariffs on Mexican sugar, the head of
Mexico's sugar industry association said on Monday.
Mexico was willing to negotiate with the United States to
get a mutually beneficial deal, Juan Cortina, Mexico's sugar
chamber president, said at an event in Mexico City.
Last week, the United States and Mexico said they would
launch a new round of negotiations to resolve a years-long trade
dispute over Mexico's sugar exports to the United States.
The talks are aimed at resuming imports of Mexican sugar to
the United States after they had been halted last week and
discussing U.S. sugar quotas set in 2014 trade pact.
Cortina said Monday that Mexican sugar producers would be
open to accepting a lower amount of shipments of refined sugar
in a new deal.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Editing by David Gregorio)