Trading Partner Portal: Mexico


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U.S. Commercial Service Mexico
American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico
ProMéxico San Francisco
ProMéxico Los Angeles
Maquila Portal
Mexican Foreign Trade Council/ COMCE
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mexican Ministry of Tourism
Mexican Presidential Office
State Government of Baja, California

International Universities/Programs
Matlac: Innovation and Education​
Over 60 California cities have sister cities in Mexico. See a list at Sister Cities International.
100,000 Strong in the Americas​

​CalChamber Luncheon Spotlights Trade/Investment Opportunities in Mexico, California

 (May 6, 2015) Trade and investment opportunities in Mexico and California were the topic of discussion yesterday at the California Chamber of Commerce International Luncheon Forum as part of the VI California-Mexico Advocacy Day organized by Mexico’s Consulate General under the leadership of Gilberto Luna, acting consul general.

Less than one year after the California Gubernatorial Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, trade relations between Mexico and California continue to flourish. Mexico remains California's No. 1 export market, purchasing 14.6% of all California exports. California exports to Mexico amounted to $25.4 billion in 2014, a 6.3% increase from 2013.

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See Dr. Pedro Noyola’s PowerPoint Presentation
See Dr. Jose Blanco’s PowerPoint Presentation
See Mr. Marcelo Sada’s PowerPoint Presentation

2014 Governor’s Mexico Trade Mission

Visit the Trade Mission Blog for the latest updates.

Trade Mission Blog 

Press Releases

California Governor to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico Next Week
Governor's Office, July 23, 2014

Governor Brown to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico
Governor's Office, April 29, 2014

T​rade Overview

Leading California Export Countries
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce 
In the last 20 years, two-way trade in goods between Mexico and the United States increased dramatically from $81.4 billion in 1993 to $534.5 billion in 2014. Mexico has remained the United States' second largest export market since 1995, with a total value of $240.3 billion in 2014.  Top export categories from the U.S. to Mexico included computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, chemicals, and non-electrical machinery.

Mexico continues to be California's number one export market, purchasing 14.6 percent of all California exports. California exports to Mexico amounted to $25.4 billion in 2014, a 6.3 percent increase from 2013. Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 20.8 percent of all California exports to Mexico. Exports of transportation equipment and machinery from California to Mexico grew to total almost $4.9 billion; with chemicals and food manufactures continuing to be strong export sectors as well.

According to a September 2014​ report by Visit California, nearly 7.5 million people visited California from Mexico in 2013, spending nearly $3 billion. Mexico sends more visitors to California than any other country by a wide margin. 

​​Fifth California-Mexico Advocacy Day: “Challenges and Opportunities 20 years from NAFTA”
Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, May 6, 2014

A tale of two Mexicos: Growth and prosperity in a two-speed economy
Jaana Remes, PhD, McKinsey Global Institute
PowerPoint Presentation for CalChamber, May 6, 2014

Adjusting to​ a Post-NAFTA Mexico: What It Means for California​​
J. Edward Taylor, PhD, UC Davis 
PowerPoint Presentation for CalChamber, May 6, 2014

Adjusting to a Post-NAFTA Mexico: What It Means for California 
J. Edward Taylorand Diane Charlton, UC Davis  
Hearing of the Senate Select Committee on CA-Mexico Cooperation, 
State Capitol,  May 5, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Mexico

WTO Trade Profile 2013 - Mexico

2013 WTO Trade Policy Review

Estimated Volume and Spending of Visitors from Mexico to California​
Visit California, 2013

Foreign Direct Investment
According to the most recent figures, the U.S. invested over $101 billion into Mexico, while Mexican investment in the U.S. reached nearly $15 billion.
2012 Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations
Taking advantage of the once-every-twelve-year phenomenon of simultaneous presidential elections in the United States and Mexico, a binational group of top opinion leaders and policymakers were convened by the Wilson Center and The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to craft a new agenda for U.S.-Mexico relations. 


Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

The USTR  requested comments on negotiating objectives with respect to Mexico’s participation in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.    CalChamber Comments – Mexico 8/9/2012 

U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Mexico as a New Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Partner
June 18, 2012


It is a tool that allows you to send electronic information only once to a single entity to comply with all requirements of foreign trade with Mexico. This is possible through the simplification, standardization and automation of business processes. The operation of the SW will be mandatory starting on June 1st, 2012, for all import/ export processes in customs. The Single Window for Trade expedites Mexico’s trade operations by sharing information among the interconnected government agencies involved in trade and the customs facilities throughout the country.

Mexican governmental website that simplifies the process of establishing a business in Mexico - giving investors the opportunity to create any company from any place that has internet access. Now the procedure can take a couple of hours, circumventing the former obstacle course of requirements.


 The CalChamber actively supported the creation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico, comprising 460 million people with combined annual U.S. trade of over $1.1 trillion. 

NAFTA and the Americas Trade

Cross-Border Trucking

The new program is reciprocal and mutually beneficial and was established between Mexico and the United States under a Memorandum of Understanding signed on July 6th, 2011.  Issuance of operating authority to Transportes Olympic is a positive step taken by the United States to come into full compliance with its commitments on long haul cross-border trucking services under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Camp, Brady Statements on Lifting of Mexico’s Retaliatory Tariffs
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, October 21, 2011

Mexico and the US Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Long-Haul Cross-Border Motor Carrier Services
Mexican Embassy, July 6, 2011

Alliance Applauds U.S.-Mexico Trucking Deal
Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs, July 6, 2011

U.S. Chamber Hails Agreement Resolving Cross-Border Trucking Dispute, Slashing Retaliatory Tariffs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, July 6, 2011

CalChamber Backs Pilot Program to Settle Cross-Border Trucking Dispute with Mexico
Alert, May 6, 2011

Camp, Brady Statements on U.S.-Mexico Trucking Dispute
House Ways and Means Committee, March 3, 2011

U.S. - Mexico High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council and Work Plan 2/2012
President Felipe Calderón and President Barack Obama instructed the creation of a Mexico - US High Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC) in order to facilitate regulatory compliance, reduce transaction costs, and promote trade and investment between the two countries.

The HLRCC released its Work Plan on February 28, 2012, which represents an additional step to implement its objectives and increase regulatory cooperation between Mexico and the United States.

The main objectives of the HLRCC are:

  1. Making regulations more compatible, increasing simplification, and reducing burdens without compromising public health, public safety, environmental protection, or national security;
  2. Increasing regulatory transparency to build national regulatory frameworks designed to achieve higher levels of competitiveness and to promote development;
  3. Simplifying regulatory requirements through public involvement;
  4. Improving and simplifying regulation by strengthening the analytic basis of regulations;
  5. Linking harmonization and regulatory simplification to improvements in border-crossing and custom procedures; 
  6. Increasing technical cooperation

To review the full text of the work plan

Annual Border Governors Conference

Governor Schwarzenegger Participated in the XXV Annual Border Governors Conference in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. The XXX Annual Border Governors Conference is scheduled for September, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2006 Trade Mission

California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg returned from Mexico, where he accompanied Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a delegation of California leaders on a two-day mission to strengthen ties and increase economic opportunities in Mexico.

"The mission provided an excellent forum for the Governor to promote business investments in California and encourage tourism from Mexico to California destinations," said CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg. "As California's top export market Mexico has a big impact on our economy. The nearly $18 billion in California products exported to Mexico in 2005 supported nearly 200,000 jobs in California. Strengthening ties between California and Mexico is good for both nations."

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Recent Events

Ambassador Highlights Importance of Strong Trade with Mexico

Play Video: U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne at CalChamber International Breakfast ​​(March 30, 2012) U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne discusses the importance of a strong trade relationship with Mexico at the California Chamber of Commerce International Breakfast forum.

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Delegation from Sinaloa, Mexico











The State of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico, offers a wide range of business opportunities. With a privileged location, diversity of climate and beautiful scenery, the state is an ideal destination for investment in multiple industries such as food, tourism, information technology, trade and logistics, as well as emerging industries such as biotechnology, clean energy . It is one of the states of Mexico with the best conditions for doing business, combining the support of government and the private sector, organized into institutions that promote investment and exports. In addition to its abundant natural resources, Sinaloa has a population dynamic and entrepreneurial, which is fundamental to the competitiveness of the state.

(November 7, 2011) A delegation from Sinaloa, Mexico met with Susanne Stirling at the CalChamber offices in Sacramento.  With an opportunity to explore economic alliances between California and Sinaloa, Mexico,  the meeting was to discuss the possibility of a trade mission from Sinaloa to California in 2012.  For further information, please see: www.codesin.org.mx

Pictured left to right: Carlyle "Carl" Brakensiek of AdvoCal; Alberto Perez Lopez; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber, Carlos Balderrama Verdugo, Executive President of CODESIN, an organization where employers and government work together to create projects, strategies and public policies that help build more competitive and innovative regions to facilitate the attraction and retention of investment, thus contributing to economic development in Sinaloa, Mexico.

CalChamber Hosts Governor of Baja California

Larry Dicke, CalChamber Chief Financial Officer, presents a gift bag to José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, Governor of Baja California(October 20, 2009) Larry Dicke (left), CalChamber Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, presents a gift bag to José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, Governor of Baja California.

Governor Osuna highlighted areas of opportunity in Baja including new infrastructure, binational border crossings, strategic projects and renewable energies.

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Ambassador to Mexico Urges Building on Success of NAFTA CalChamber Hosts Governor of Sonora, Mexico CalChamber Hosts Vicente Fox, President of Mexico

Arturo Sarukhan, the Ambassador to Mexico, Urges Building on Success of NAFTA, at a Recent CalChamber International Luncheon. 

(September 12, 2007) His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador to the United States, speaks at a September 12 CalChamber International Luncheon Forum.

Among attendees are (from left) Roger J. Baccigaluppi, RB International; California Secretary of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura; California Secretary of State and Consumer Services Rosario Marin; California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi; and CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg.

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The Honorable Eduardo Bours Castelo, Governor of Sonora, Mexico, meets with (from left) CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg and former CalChamber Chair Roger Baccigaluppi, CalChamber Board Member, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RB International. 

(August 17, 2007) The Honorable Eduardo Bours Castelo, Governor of Sonora, Mexico, summarized for a California Chamber of Commerce International Luncheon Forum audience yesterday why California should invest in his state.

The Honorable Eduardo Bours Castelo, Governor of Sonora, Mexico, meets with (from left) CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg and former CalChamber Chair Roger Baccigaluppi, CalChamber Board Member, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RB International. He was also greeted by California government officials and businesspeople from California and Mexico.

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California Chamber President Allan Zaremberg presents President of Mexico Vicente Fox with a remembrance from his trip. 

(May 30, 2006) California Chamber President Allan Zaremberg presents President of Mexico Vicente Fox with a remembrance from his trip.

The more than 100 guests who greeted President Fox included a delegation of officials from Mexico, representatives of California’s state government and business people from California and Mexico, including representatives of agriculture, the service industry and manufacturing.

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