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Entries in Mexico Trade (3)

Tuesday
Apr252017

With NAFTA, Mexico and the U.S. build things together 

The Dallas Morning News

April 25, 2017

Since NAFTA was signed 24 years ago in my hometown of San Antonio, U.S. trade with Mexico and Canada has more than tripled, and there is no question that Texas has benefited the most. With easy access to two of the busiest U.S. ports of entry via land and sea — Laredo and Houston — it is no surprise that Texas exported more than any other state in 2014, almost $300 billion-worth to countries worldwide. Across the U.S., all but ten states depend on Canada or Mexico as their largest export markets.

While "free trade" has been blamed for job losses in many parts of the nation, as of 2014 nearly five million jobs across the U.S. depend on trade with Mexico. These jobs are not just in Texas. In 2015, Mexico was the first or second export destination for 30 out of 50 states.

Read on...

Thursday
Mar202014

Mexico Publishes Final Rule to Allow Cross-border Potato Trade

The following joint statement is from the National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) on the final regulations published today by the Mexican government in the Diaro Oficial de la Federacion regarding the importation of U.S. fresh potatoes:

“The U.S. potato industry and our partners at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) are pleased to learn that the Mexican government has issued its final rule designed to achieve the bilateral goal of expanding trade in fresh potatoes between our two countries. Publishing the final rule is an important step in the parallel regulatory efforts taking place on both sides of the border. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has indicated it will publish its final rule in the Federal Register next week. The final regulations issued by Mexico provide the structure for trade in potatoes between all countries and Mexico. A specific protocol agreed to by the U.S. and Mexico will govern the specifics of potato trade between the countries.

Over the next several weeks APHIS will identify the particular shipping and labeling requirements for U.S. potatoes being shipped to Mexico. Shipments of potatoes between the two countries should begin before June.

In September 2012, the Mexican government began its rulemaking process to establish a protocol to allow the expansion U.S. fresh potato trade with Mexico. The U.S. potato industry applauds the successful conclusion of the parallel rulemaking processes, which will benefit consumers and potato growers on both sides of the border.”

The original regulation in Spanish.

Regulation in English.

Thursday
Mar202014

Facilitating Trade at the Border

The Chamber is encouraged by the forward movement the executive order creates, and encourages the government agencies to push forward to complete this project.  Creating a single window, not only creates efficiencies and market opportunities for business, but will set the standard for our international trade partners.  

Click here for complete article > U.S. Chamber of Commerce

March 19, 2014

Last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Streamline the Export/Import process for American Business." The EO set in motion a determined plan to modernize our trade process through the development of the International Trade System (ITDS), which when completed will effectively create a “single window” for international trade. ITDS will be a strong step towards streamlining our border processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness while building our risk based security structure. This single touch point to move goods across our national borders will improve regulatory interfaces between government agencies and, if done correctly, will create major efficiencies for our businesses. Furthermore, the improved trade environment created by the EO will foster new and improved economic growth/opportunities, job growth.

Companies face a barrage of government agencies when they are looking to engage in international trade.  The latest count from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that some 47 government agencies have a role in the process. In addition to the host of government actors, many of the current requirements remain paper-based procedures that are more reminiscent of the 20th century, rather than the Internet-connected 21st century.  This bureaucracy is complex, and adds time and costs to both the government and the companies engaging in the global supply chain...