Category Archives: Trade

Mexico and Wal-Mart launch initiative to improve lives of farmworkers in Mexico

Laborers load broccoli on a truck at a farm in Michoacan. A Times investigation revealed labor abuses at Mexican agribusinesses that export to the U.S. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Laborers load broccoli on a truck at a farm in Michoacan. A Times investigation revealed labor abuses at Mexican agribusinesses that export to the U.S. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

By Richard Marosi / Los Angeles Times

The Mexican government and Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, have announced steps to improve the lives of the nation’s farmworkers, two months after a Los Angeles Times investigation detailed labor abuses at Mexican agribusinesses that supply major U.S. supermarket chains and restaurants.

Mexico’s secretary of agriculture, Enrique Martinez y Martinez, announced the creation Thursday of a “historic” alliance of produce industry groups that will focus on enforcing wage laws and improving housing, schools and healthcare for the more than 1 million laborers at export farms.

The group represents growers and distributors that handle 90 percent of Mexico’s produce exports to the United States, which have tripled over the last decade and now exceed $7.5 billion a year.

Separately, Wal-Mart said it is taking action to ensure that workers are treated with “respect and dignity,” reminding its in-house buyers that they should buy produce only from farms that meet the company’s standards for decent treatment of workers.

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-me-farm-labor-20150213-story.html#page=1

Brazil wants to renew Mexico auto quotas

Reuters – Grappling with tumbling auto sales and weak economic growth, Brazil wants to renew an auto quota pact with Mexico that is set to expire in March, a move that could stoke trade tensions.

Auto trade between the two was then supposed to be fully liberalized, but Brazilian officials are now looking to extend the pact to avoid unlimited competition from Mexico.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/13/us-mexico-brazil-autos-exclusive-idUSKBN0LG2XW20150213

Mexico sets automobile production record in January

Mexico is the world’s seventh-largest manufacturer of automobiles and the No. 4 exporter.
Mexico is the world’s seventh-largest manufacturer of automobiles and the No. 4 exporter.

EFE

A record 266,424 automobiles were produced in Mexico in January, up 6.8 percent from the same month in 2014, the Mexican Automotive Industry Association, or AMIA, said.

The growth in automobile output “was bolstered by the plants that started operations last year” in Mexico, the AMIA said in a statement.

A total of 103,697 light vehicles were sold last month, a figure that was up 21.3 percent from January 2014.

The automotive industry in January experienced “the best level in history for exports of light vehicles in one month, exporting 204,907 vehicles, with 15.2 percent growth,” the AMIA said.

Exports to Asia and Canada grew strongly, rising 35.8 percent, compared to the 2014 figures for both regions.

Sales to Europe and the United States grew 15.3 percent and 13.7 percent, respectively, while exports to Latin America and Africa fell 25.5 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/02/10/mexico-sets-automobile-production-record-in-january/

Mexico extends deadline in apple-dumping inquiry

Capital Press – U.S. exporters have been given more time to complete questionnaires related to allegations that they dumped apples in Mexico during the 2013-2014 sales season. The Chihuahua apple growers association, UNIFRUT, filed a complaint in the Mexican federal register Dec. 4 alleging U.S. shippers, mostly from Washington, sold apples in Mexico during 2013 at less than fair value, damaging Mexican growers.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Orchards/20150205/mexico-extends-deadline-in-apple-dumping-inquiry