Key Business Links
The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to the minute information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.
The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses and American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our "country team." You will get up to the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.
BusinessUSA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business.
U.S. Government Resources
- Country Commercial Guide: The U.S. Commercial Service offers customized solutions to help your business enter and succeed in markets worldwide. Our global network of trade specialists will work one-on- one with you through every step of the exporting process.
- Country Commercial Guide Department of State Business Visa Center: The Department of State strives to make the visa process as understandable as possible. The Business Visa Center, within the Visa Office, in Washington, D.C., is a part of this effort to make visa information readily available.
- Department of State Office of Commercial and Business Affairs: The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) plays a major role in coordinating trade and investment matters to support U.S. firms doing business overseas. Our mission is to engage U.S. government resources to assist and promote U.S. business interests overseas, and to ensure that private sector business concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy.
- Department of State Office of Political-Military Affairs Directorate of Defense Trade Controls: The U.S. Government views the sale, export, and re-transfer of defense articles and defense services as an integral part of safeguarding U.S. national security and furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives. The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2778-2780 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130), is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML).
- Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
- Export Import Bank of the United States: The Ex-Im Bank provides financing for imports of U.S. goods and other trade financing services.
- National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
- Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): USTR provides expertise on bilateral trade and investment issues, international commodity agreements and other trade issues.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation: OPIC provides investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
- SelectUSA: SelectUSA provides state economic development agencies and businesses with the information they need to better understand the complete value proposition offered to firms located in the United States. And it provides potential Mexican investors with relevant information on investing in the United States.
- The Overseas Private Investment Corporation Enterprise Development Network: The Enterprise Development Network (EDN) is a strategic alliance between the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government, and the private sector. Through a growing network of private sector organizations, EDN greatly extends OPIC’s ability to provide financing and political risk insurance to greater numbers of Business Enterprises (ENTs ) doing business in developing countries.
- The USDA's Agricultural Trade Office: ATO assists U.S. companies in market development and promotion of U.S. food and agricultural products.
- The U.S. Embassy Economic Office: The Economic Section is responsible for analyzing and reporting on economic developments in Mexico, as well as safeguarding and promoting U.S. economic interests. The section handles a broad array of bilateral and multilateral issues and also advocates on behalf of U.S. businesses, promotes U.S. goods in the Mexican market, and identifies and eliminates barriers to market access for U.S. companies.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA provides support to U.S. small businesses and small–business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
- U.S. Commercial Service Mexico: Provides various services for U.S. companies looking to export to Mexico or Mexican firms looking to invest in the U.S.
- U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security: BIS Mission: Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency: USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
- American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico: AmChams advance the interests of American business overseas. They are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of that country who operate in the U.S.
- ProMexico: Provides information and tools for those interested in doing business in Mexico.
- US-Mexico Business Council: An online resource for business leaders who wants to learn more about the US-Mexico economic relationship and the Council’s programs, publications, events and activities.
- Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs: Provides information on foreign affairs of importance to the Mexican State.
- 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