Mexico's Economic Secretariat has announced the import quota for eggs from the U.S., setting it at 211,000 metric tons of fresh eggs for human consumption and 24,400 metric tons of fresh eggs for industrial purposes under a "0 percent" tariff rate quota, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's International Egg and Poultry Review.

The Secretariat justified the implementation of the quotas in response to an outbreak of avian influenza in the state of Jalisco that prompted an increase in egg prices. Shell egg imports to Mexico from the U.S. in 2011 reached 1.29 million dozen, down slightly from 2010's 1.37 million dozen. Imports in the January–June 2012 period have reached 754,782 dozen so far, up from 2011's 653,735 dozen.

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