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Yeeee Haw, more tariffs!

As the ink dried on the edict removing U.S. import tariffs from Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum, U.S. President Donald Trump stunned NAFTA traders May 30 with the announcement of a major new trade war against Mexico.  The program calls for implementation as of June 10 of a 5% import tariff on “all goods imported from Mexico”, with the stipulation that the duty rate will rise by five percentage points per month up to 25%.  The tariffs are intended to force Mexico to stop the flow of migrants to the U.S. border, according to the president’s tweet.  Mr. Trump has not yet released his plan to impose tariffs on FIFA to boost the USMNT’s ranking or punitive duties on the Kingdom of the North for intemperate behavior, but we presume these are on his ink blotter as we type.  Continue reading Yeeee Haw, more tariffs!

Mexico tied to bumper of U.S. trade wars

Trump’s trade wars

After 22 years of lotus-eating reverie under NAFTA, North American supporters of free trade are now being terrorized by U.S. President Donald Trump and his campaign of tariff-driven protectionist mayhem.  Media coverage of Trump’s trade war is focused on China, but Mexico is taking some lumps in this affair as well.  The latest moves and counter-moves are taking place against a backdrop of the struggle to push the renegotiated NAFTA free trade agreement forward into law as the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA.  Here are some comments on the various moving parts at this juncture. Continue reading Mexico tied to bumper of U.S. trade wars

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Fuel storage: Mexican diversified conglomerate Grupo México reported plans to construct two new fuel storage terminals, to be located in the cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey. The US$1.04 billion project is planned to supply gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the two key industrial and population centers. (El Financiero, April 30, 2019)
  • Dairy: Mexican beverage bottler Industria Mexicana de Coca Cola inaugurated a new dairy products plant for its Jugos del Valle – Santa Clara subsidiary in the western state of Jalisco. The US$105 million facility bottles milk as well as packaging other fruit-based beverages. (Reforma, April 30, 2019)
  • Coatings: Swiss-owned industrial coatings maker Oerlikon Balzers inaugurated a US$4.2 million manufacturing plant in the central state of Querétaro, the company reported. Oerlikon Balzers produces protective coatings for the automotive, aerospace, food processing and metal mechanic industries. (El Financiero, April 5, 2019)
  • Retail: Mexican retail operator Grupo Sanborns reported plans to invest approximately US$148 million this year in expansion. Projects include opening 20 new iShop consumer electronics stores and expanding and upgrading the company’s Sears and Sanborns department stores and Mixup home entertainment stores. (El Financiero, April 29, 2019)
  • Food processing: Mexican industrial miller and tortilla producer Gruma reported investment of approximately US$30 million during the first quarter of this year in operations in Mexico and the United States. Projects included construction of a new tortilla factory in the southern state of Puebla, installation of three new corn silos at existing plants and general technology upgrades. (Reforma, April 26, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico