The Mexican market is an emerging force in the global economy. The continuing implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not only help Mexico overcome its current economic crisis, but ultimately will result in vastly expanded business opportunities for U.S. firms in the Mexico market. NAFTA's most important ultimate objective is the near-complete integration of the U.S. and Mexican economies across a 3219-km (2,000-mi) border that is "transparent" because duty-collection policies, tax and investment codes, legal standing, and business customs encourage free trade. But does it make sense for U.S. firms to jump into new trade arrangements now? Will the Mexican economy recover? Do sufficient transportation and communications infrastructures exist? Are the partners and suppliers reliable? Is a common set of business practices in place? All businesses must ask themselves these questions. The answer in each case is at least a qualified yes for reasons presented in this article. Further discussion in this article centers on Mexico's market growth potential, getting goods to market, infrastructural improvements, customs, and strategic partnerships.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 9-14,45
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 179
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 00711809
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1995 12:00AM