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Mexico determined to grow exports to China

043015_1805_Mexicodeter1.jpgFor most of the NAFTA era, China remained in the background of Mexico’s trade relationships as attention was focused on North America. In recent years, however, here at Mexico Business Blog HQ, we have noticed two things related to China. The first is that in our frequent discussions with industrial equipment distributors in Mexico, we find that now some of them represent Chinese product manufacturers, when years ago this was rare at best. Second, in past decades few Chinese companies could be seen exhibiting at Mexican industrial trade shows, and now the Chinese presence at these events is substantial and growing. These circumstantial observations suggest that Mexico’s trade relationship with China has heated up in recent years, and a quick look at the numbers backs this up. Continue reading Mexico determined to grow exports to China

Judge halts GMO corn planting in Mexico

CornA federal judge in Mexico issued a ruling early this month suspending any planting of genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country.  The ruling also bars the Ministries of Agriculture (Sagarpa) and the Environment (Semarnat) from approving any pending permits to plant GMO corn for “experimental, pilot or commercial” purposes until further scientific evidence is presented on the potential risks of GMO corn to the country’s native maize species.  According to media reports, 14 requests for permits to plant GMO corn are pending before government agencies from seed companies including Monsanto, Pioneer and Dow AgroScience, among others.  Continue reading Judge halts GMO corn planting in Mexico