Doing Business in Mexico
Exporting to Mexico
President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. We’re off to a great start. U.S. exports are up 37% globally and up 53% to Mexico in the past two years. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Mexico. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Mexico as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.
1. Visit the export.gov page on Mexico to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts. The Library Includes:
- Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides) (2013 Mexico Country Commercial Guide)
- Industry Overviews
2. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Mexico. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You.
3. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). SBDCs are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
4. Contact the Commercial section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico for specific counseling about your product and potential for its success in Mexico.
Webinars about business opportunities in Mexico: Webinars
Getting Started If you are considering investment in Mexico, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Visit host country resources, such as ProMexico
- Contact local U.S. business support organizations, such as:
- You may also want to review a list of business service providers we keep on our website
- Subscribe to this embassy site and our embassy Facebook page
- Subscribe to the Commercial Service’s Facebook page
- Consult the Investment Climate Statement
Staying Connected If you are a current U.S. investor in Mexico, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Mexico, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
- Subscribe to this embassy site and our embassy Facebook page
- Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise
Working in Mexico Below you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, OSAC, and anti-corruption tools.
Business Visas For information on obtaining a visa to do business in Mexico visit the Mexican Embassy
Travel Advisories Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory
Overseas Security Advisory Council The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. OSAC has developed into an enormously successful joint venture, with U.S. companies and organizations receiving the tools they need to cope with security issues in a foreign environment. OSAC is a free service to U.S.-based or incorporated private sector organizations with overseas operations.
OSAC promotes effective cooperation by working to assist the U.S. private sector to better anticipate security issues, including identifying and tracking threats, particularly those targeting private sector personnel, facilities, investments, interests, and intellectual property. In addition to providing timely and actionable security information, OSAC also aids in the development of new markets with accurate assessments of current and future security environments. Ensuring that critical security information is shared with those who need it, when they need it, OSAC is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer constituents’ questions with expert analysis of rapidly evolving security challenges overseas.
Through the use of its web site, OSAC offers its constituents the latest in safety and security-related information, public announcements, Consular Affairs bulletins, travel advisories, significant anniversary dates, terrorist groups profiles, country crime and safety reports, special topic reports, foreign press reports, and much more. The OSAC information exchange mechanism also includes a staff of international security research specialists that is dedicated solely to serving the U.S. private sector. Additionally, OSAC has a network of Country Councils around the world that brings together U.S. embassies and consulates with the local U.S. community to share security information.
For more information or to join, please visit www.OSAC.gov.
FCPA The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls. More information on the FCPA A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.
- U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, Mexico City
- U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, Mexico City
- Mexico City Economic Section, U.S. Department of State
- United States Embassy in Mexico City, General Switchboard
- BusinessUSA.gov is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.