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Thursday
Aug172017

NAFTA Helps Small Business Manufacturers Grow

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

August 17, 2017 

Nearly two decades ago, Drew Greenblatt purchased a small manufacturing business in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, he has nearly doubled the number of employees at Marlin Steel Wire Products. Over that same period, he doubled the firm’s sales. Then he doubled that. Then he doubled it again.

In large measure, Greenblatt’s success and Marlin Steel’s growth have been fueled by exporting the company’s wire baskets, wire forms and sheet metal products to customers abroad, with more than a quarter of the company’s revenue now stemming from international sales. Looking at it another way, seven of the Marlin Steel’s 29 workers’ jobs are directly tied to the company’s exports.

Greenblatt would like to see that number continue to grow.
From a business perspective, the foremost goal of U.S. trade policy should be to tear down barriers so companies like mine can start exporting to new markets … Free trade agreements have helped us accomplish this in the past and will help our business grow in the future.
No trade deal, Greenblatt adds, has been more critical to the company’s success than the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA.

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.

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Tuesday
Apr112017

NAFTA has staying power, especially if Texas supporters keep speaking out 

The Dallas Morning News

April 11, 2017

Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Mexico Ambassador to U.S.In one of his first acts in Washington, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal involving a dozen countries.

Unwinding the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada would be much tougher, even if Trump wants to go there.

That’s no accident. Before NAFTA took effect 23 years ago, Mexico was angling for more than easy access to U.S. consumers, which is usually the primary goal for a developing country.

Mexico wanted an accord that would also benefit the U.S. and Canada, and strengthen economic ties among all three countries. Such multi-sided trade deals are more stable and durable, and that’s helpful when there’s a change in popular opinion -- or elected leaders.

NAFTA has created impressive growth in trade and jobs, especially for Texas. But it’s also spawned large networks of suppliers and manufacturers whose goods often criss-cross the border before final assembly.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Don’t End NAFTA. Fix It.

Politico Magazine

March 21, 2017

When looking for a model economy, Washington would be wise to look no further than Texas. The “great American jobs machine,” as we're affectionately known, has been the economic engine that pulled our country out of the recent recession, singlehandedly adding more than one million jobs to the American economy. In fact, if Texas were its own country, we would be the 10th largest economy in the world.

Now, with pro-growth Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, leaders are beginning to consider proposals to lift our economy out of a sluggish recovery. But as we work together to jumpstart our factories and farms across the country, let’s keep in mind what my state has gotten right.

Trade has been a cornerstone of the Texas economy, with no partner more important than Mexico.

As our largest export market, Mexico has an extraordinary economic relationship with Texas. Trade with our southern neighbor supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in my state and provides more goods at a better price for Texas families. More than a third of all Texas merchandise is exported to Mexico – meaning our farmers, ranchers and small businesses have found no shortage of customers south of the border too.

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Thursday
Jan122017

Donald Trump and the rising reshoring movement

TRG International

January 12, 2017

In June 2015, Donald Trump, then the Republican frontrunner, threatened to slap a 35% tariff on Ford’s cars and trucks made in Mexico if the automaker went ahead with plans to move its production of small cars from the US to Mexico. The feud between Mr. Trump and Ford was a highlight of his repeated pledges to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US. Mr. Trump also made it very clear that he opposes free trade agreements like TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and will renegotiate NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement).

Fast forward to 2017, Ford just announced on Jan 03 that it will cancel plans for the US$1.6 billion plant in Mexico and instead invest in expanding its facilities in Michigan, IL. And TPP is now dead in the water when both the White House and congressional leaders gave up on passing it. Is reshoring, the practice of bringing outsourced production back to home countries, becoming a major trend that will reshape the future of global manufacturing? And should emerging economies be concerned?

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Friday
Mar072014

Ports-to-Plains Alliance Welcomes TMAZ, as its New International Member

Link to article in Spanish

Ports to Plains Alliance corridor members want to welcome our new member: “Terminal Marítima Mazatlán” (TMAZ). Our new member is located in a region where the primary activities related to agriculture, livestock, fishing and mining acquire significant importance at a national and international level for the quality raw materials supply. These activities are the engine of the economy.

Sinaloa state is the leader in agricultural food production in México, ranking first in the production of corn, tomatoes and chili, harvesting 38% of the vegetables in the country. In grains, white corn stands out with a production of more than 5 million tons per year, approximately 50% destined to exports. 

Much of the production primary sector is exported to different parts of the world, positioning México and its partners as a major player in international markets. For example, many products from Sinaloa state are becoming more accepted in other countries including exports such as tomatoes, chickpea, avocado, and vegetables, and others.

In addition, the arrival of shale natural gas to Mazatlán in 2016, promises an industrial revolution in the market. This will certainly will bring large project cargoes to the port.

The revival of the mining activity, dormant since 2011, is another sector that regains its main relevance. This is not only for the volume of its exports, but because it is also a major consumer of imported technology. This technology, whether for exploration or extraction, is transported by sea. Shale gas in northern México will be a great opportunity for investors.

By land, Mazatlán has a major highway that connects it with all the southern area of the United States along the northern border of Mexico and with Mexico City in the center of the country. This roadway goes through states that have strong industrial activity, such as Jalisco with Guadalajara City.

Sinaloa, having over 400 miles of coastline, offers the country through its main port, Mazatlán, the natural gateway to the Pacific Ocean for the entire region. Iits production and consumption centers including the neighbor state of Durango with its significant and booming industrialization.

This port will be the main gateway to international trade from Alberta, Canada, the United States and México to and from the Asian market. Ports-to-Plains can connect to the Pacific Coast offering Canada, United States and México partners a new gateway to the Pacific. 

With the alliance of TMAZ, Ports-to-Plains Alliance continues to develop worldwide economic opportunities for all types of products and services. From agricultural sector, to industrialized goods from various types of clusters, opportunities from the shale gas industry and logistically in land processes, TMAZ will enhance NAFTA competitiveness worldwide.

Congratulations and PTP welcomes TMAZ..!

PTP ALLIANCE MEXICO. 

Fernando Madero; cel. Phone: 011 52 1 871 120 1030

fernando.madero@portstoplains.com

For more information on TMAZ

Saturday
Feb152014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: NAFTA Myths and Realities

The total U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Canada and Mexico reached about $50 billion in 2012, but it’s entirely due to America’s sizeable net oil imports from our two neighbors. It’s hard to see how these energy imports could drive job losses in, say, manufacturing.

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

February 7, 2014

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The usual critics have seized on the occasion to make their usual arguments. And as usual, their data are as wrong as their arguments.

For instance, Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post last month blamed job losses on the U.S. trade deficit with our NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, which he cited as $181 billion in 2012.

Writing in the New York Times, David Bonior last week wrote much the same: Citing the same number, he claimed the U.S. has lost jobs and seen inequality rise due to the trade deficit with our North American neighbors.

The trade balance is a poor measure of success or failure in trade policy, but the U.S. in fact registered a combined trade surplus with Canada and Mexico in 2012 of $21 billion in manufactured goods, $44 billion in services, and $2.9 billion in agricultural products. These surpluses aren’t new, and they continue today…

Tuesday
Feb042014

Department of Commerce Infographic Highlights U.S.-Mexico Trade

Click on Graphic for full size.