June 3, 2019 / 10:59 PM / a month ago

Mexican economy minister says impact of tariffs would hit all 50 U.S. states

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Economy Minister Graciela Marquez reacts during the delivery of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal at the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said on Monday that the tariffs U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to place on Mexican exports would impact all 50 U.S. states and harm value chains, consumers and trade-related jobs in both nations.

In a joint statement with Marquez and other senior government officials, Agriculture Minister Victor Villalobos said the proposed tariffs would cause total economic damage to the agriculture sector of $117 million per month in both countries. Villalobos did not specify at what level of tariffs this damage would occur.

Trump last week said he will impose a blanket tariff of 5% on Mexican imports from June 10 to try to pressure Mexico to tackle large flows of mostly Central American migrants passing through en route to the United States. Tariffs could reach as high as 25% this year under the plan.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; writing by Julia Love; editing by Diane Craft

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