Why Mexico?
  • World class trader: 7th importer / 8th exporter
  • Second largest trading partner of the U.S.: increased share in U.S. imports: from 7.4% in 1994 to 11.00 in 2003
  • Fourth recipient of FDI among emerging economies and second in Latin America; since 1994 Mexico has received over $139.7 billion dollars in foreign direct investment
  • Dynamic export performance
  • Improved access to international markets
  • Competitive production costs and skilled labor force
  • Strengthened democratic governance
  • Increasing international activism
  • New federalism
  • Budgetary continuity

MEXICO: STRATEGIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUB

Mexico is today a leading economy in the world. Characterized by a booming domestic market and a dynamic export performance, Mexico is the front runner in Latin America.

Mexico's GDP accounts for 633 billion dollars. The economy is supported by a skilled and young labor force; in fact Mexico's privileged demographical conditions allows for an increased young population to spur economic growth.

Positioned as the second largest U.S. trading partner, Mexico has increased its share in U.S. imports from 7% in 1994 to 11 in 2003; while standing as fourth recipient of foreign direct investment among emerging economies.

Top 500 companies in Latin America:Mexico is the top country host of most of Latin America's major companies.Mexico emerged over the last decade as the best location for foreign capitals and the most favorable business environment in Latin America. Among the 500 major companies in Latin America, the vast majority has established their operations in Mexico. From 63 companies with operations in Mexico listed in the 1991 ranking1, there are now 241 companies established in Mexico in 2002; while total sales grew from $57.8 billion dollars to $ 497.1 billion dollars, representing 58% of the 500 companies' total sales.Such boom in sales and trade is explained mainly by Mexico's trade liberalization process since NAFTA as well as its strong domestic market with low labor costs.

Mexico´s promotion programs
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This instrument integrates the program for the Promotion and Operation of the Export bonded assembly Plant Industry (Assembles) and Establishes Programs of Temporary Importing to Produce Articles of Export (PITEX).
Federal Govenment support programs to assure inputs and machinery for the export industry.
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Program to support the establishment of production chains for the exporting industry.
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Mexico´s market
Mexico's import profile
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NAFTA WORKS
Exports to Mexico by U.S. state
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Resources for exporters

Sites including information regarding US exports to Mexico:

  • If you are thinking about the possibility of exporting your product, the U.S. Department of State provides information on how to do business abroad and country background notes. ( www.state.gov/business/ )
  • The Department of Commerce has developed a special web site to make easier for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access to information and documents needed to conduct business abroad. This site provides companies with an extensive guide to exporting, as well as a list of sources on market research. ( www.export.gov )
  • The Trade Information Center (TIC) , was established as a source for US companies that seek Federal programs and activities that support US exports such as procedures, tariffs and taxes on imports and exports; international standards, IPR's and government procurement; distribution channels and market opportunities. ( http://www.trade.gov/td/tic/ )
  • The US Department of Agriculture has a Trade Assistance and Promotion Office which provides information on foreign markets for agricultural products. ( www.fas.usda.gov )
  • Within the US Embassy in Mexico , t he U.S. Commercial Service , an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is responsible for promoting non-agricultural U.S. exports. It has offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana. Each of these offices serves regions with distinct commercial and industrial characteristics . Additionally, the Foreign Agriculture Service is responsible for USDA's overseas market information and trade policy activities, including analysis of supply and demand conditions, trade trends, and market access issues. Finally, the US State Offices have the common objective of supporting the business sectors of their respective states in exporting to the Mexican market. State offices generally offer a variety of services, including the initiation, expansion or optimization of exports of products or services produced in their states . ( www.usembassy-mexico.gov/emenu.html )
  • The American Chamber of Commerce Mexico is an organization that represents, promotes and develops U.S. business interests in Mexico, serving the business community in trade and investment between the U.S. and Mexico. The Chamber maintains an information resource center to provide reliable information about business concerns in Mexico. Its main office is in Mexico City, with divisions in Guadalajara and Monterrey. (www.amcham.com.mx)
  • The United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit corporation operating through 12 offices in Mexico and the United States, whose main purpose is to promote trade, investment and joint ventures on both sides of the border. All chapters and offices, with strong local membership and international contacts, help businesses bridge differences in legal, regulatory and economic systems, as well as language and culture.  (http://www.usmcoc.org/)