MEXICO'S VIEW OF NAFTA MOVING FORWARD

By ANDREA JARAMILLO  –  Cronkite Borderlands Initiative 7 hours ago Mexico is facing something it never thought would happen: the possibility that North American Free Trade Agreement that shaped the country’s economic policies over the last two decades, might disappear. But just as some Mexican officials try…

INDUSTRY PUSHING BACK ON FSMA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

  FROM FOOD SAFETY NEWS   It will be easier for affected businesses to comply with import safety programs mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) if more and better information from the government is more quickly shared and limitations faced by small and…

EASING THE FLOW OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM MEXICO AND CANADA

Now that it’s June, many of us are enjoying a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that will be available throughout the summer.  During the rest of the year, some of these same fresh fruits and vegetables are available to American consumers thanks to trade…

NEW CUSTOMS LAWS ARE SIGNED AND ENACTED

  Introduction President Obama signed the bipartisan Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 on February 24 2016. This is the first major customs legislation enacted since the Customs Modernisation Act.(1) The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act focuses on facilitating legitimate trade and…

C-TPAT AND NEEC PROGRAMS TO EXPEDITE CROSS BORDER TRADE

  A U.S.-Mexico agreement to work more closely on cross-border customs security may mark a milestone toward establishing an integrated North American customs-enforcement program– which could greatly expedite freight movements over the U.S-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency andMexico’s Tax Administration…

USDA LOOKING FOR A BIG INCREASE IN INSPECTION FEES

  The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to significantly increase many of the fees it charges, and to add two new fees, for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry. APHIS is also proposing to adjust the…

MEXICO VAT TAXES TO BE REFUNDED TO MAQUILADORAS

The Mexican tax authority has begun accepting applications from maquiladoras for certification that will ease the burden of a tax reform law that took effect Jan. 1, 2014. Applications may be submitted at various times during the year depending on where in Mexico the maquila…

CHINA AND MEXICO BEGIN GOOD TRADE RELATIONS

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 11 — The relationship between China and Mexico is at its bestmoment in history, Chinese Ambassador to Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi said Tuesday. In Latin America, Mexico is a major partner to China in the political and commercial fields,Qiu said in an interview with Xinhua On Feb. 14, 1972, the two countries established diplomatic ties with bilateral trade totalling13 million U.S. dollars that year, recalled Qiu, adding bilateral trade value reached 40billion dollars in 2013. At present, the strong bond between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexican PresidentEnrique Pena Nieto facilitates the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields,said the ambassador. “The two presidents signed a series of agreements and major deals to promote trade andinvestment between both sides.” The commercial area stands out in bilateral relations, said the Chinese ambassador, addinghe hopes other areas such as tourism would be promoted in the future. “Mexico is one of the most important tourist destinations for Chinese citizens. We nowneed to work together to remove some obstacles in procedures, creating moreopportunities in the processing of visas for travelers, which will benefit Mexico and China,”he said. China and Mexico signed a very important agreement in June 2013 to export to Chinatequila, which is a very typical and wonderful drink of Mexico, he said. Investments between China and Mexico will grow rapidly in the following years as bothcountries are working hard to establish a working group to promote investment andbilateral cooperation in such fields as energy, finance, infrastructure and natural resources. “I visited many states in order to promote Chinese investment in Mexico and Mexicaninvestment in China,” said Qiu. As the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countriesis approaching, “we have to work harder to strengthen our relations and cooperation,” theambassador added. (Editor:DuMingming、Yan Meng)

NAFTA 20 YEARS OLD

  Sergio Munoz Bata is a syndicated Latin American columnist whose articles appear in 18 papers in 11 countries. He has been Executive Editor of La Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board.  …

U.S. LOOKING TO STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONS IN MEXICO

By ALFREDO CORCHADO THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS Mexico Bureau acorchado@dallasnews.com Published: 16 November 2013 09:50 PM Updated: 16 November 2013 10:30 PM   WASHINGTON — Future U.S. security cooperation with Mexico should be focused on strengthening judicial institutions and communities, the Obama administration’s top official on Latin…