Trading Partner Portal: Mexico


Trade Overview

usa_mexico_ca_flagsIn 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 $107.8 billion into Mexico, while Mexican investment in the U.S. reached $17.7 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.

Briefing and executive report and short video

Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements


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

Trade Missions

Trade Missions

2014 Governor’s Mexico Trade Mission

Visit the Trade Mission Blog for the latest updates.California-Mexico-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

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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CalChamber Luncheon Spotlights Trade/Investment Opportunities in Mexico, California

Dr. Pedro Javier Noyola, director general of Aklara and the NAFTA Fund

Dr. Pedro Javier Noyola, director general of Aklara and the NAFTA Fund

(May 6, 2015) Trade and investment opportunities in Mexico and California were the topic of discussion at the CalChamber 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.

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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

Ambassador Highlights Importance of Strong Trade with Mexico

​​(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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Video (WMV)

Delegation from Sinaloa, Mexico

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.


(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:

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.

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.

Alert Article

Presentation Silde Show

Ambassador to Mexico Urges Building on Success of NAFTA

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

(September 12, 2007) 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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CalChamber Hosts Governor of Sonora, Mexico

(August 17, 2015) 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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CalChamber Hosts Vicente Fox, President of Mexico

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

(May 26, 2006) California Chamber President Allan Zaremberg (left) and Mexico President Vicente Fox listen to comments from the audience during a question-and-answer session with Fox at an international trade breakfast today hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for companies doing business with Mexico. President Fox’s talk at the California Chamber’s offices was part of a four-day visit to the United States with stops in Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Sacramento and Los Angeles.

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.