Every hour, Mexico imports $1.5 million worth of agricultural and food products, almost all from the United States. In that same hour, 30 people — men, women, and children — leave their homes in the Mexican countryside to take up the most dangerous journey of their lives — as migrants to the United States. No matter what one’s stance on these two fundamental phenomena of our age — economic integration and immigration — one thing is absolutely clear: they are related.
Mexicans can’t match the low wages and cheap production of China, and they can’t keep up with the technology and productivity of the US and other industrialized economies.
Mexican farmers and trade unions are protesting and carrying out legal actions against the North American Free Trade Agreement, for considering it a mortal blow against the national agricultural sector. The Catholic Church warned in official declarations that the elimination of taxes on subsidized imports of corn, bean, powder milk, and sugar may well force a large number of Mexican farmers to leave their lands.
Some 200 Mexican farmers blocked on Tuesday the Cordoba-Americas bridge linking the country with the United States to protest the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The president of the Agriculture Committee at the House of Deputies, Hector Padilla, said on Sunday that the agricultural chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will cause social destabilization in Mexico.
As the 14th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fast approaches, rural opponents of the trinational pact are stepping up their mobilizations on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Mexican farm groups and their supporters are gearing up for border-wide actions on January 1, 2008 to protest the final elimination of tariffs on corn, bean, sugar and powdered milk.
Cheap US corn will flood into Mexico in January when trade barriers are lifted under NAFTA, pitting local farmers against each other over how to protect the crop that has fed Mexico for thousands of years.
Mexican national and regional rural organizations demanded on Tuesday that the government suspend the trade agreement with North America.
Three weeks before the United States and Mexico lift the last barriers to trade in sweeteners, sugar mill owners and cane farmers south of the border are worried they are in poor shape to compete.
South Korea and Mexico were at odds over safeguards for farm goods at their first free trade agreement talks, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Monday.
On Jan. 1, 2008 the last remaining tariff barriers permitted under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are slated to fall. The idea is that all products now enter into a competitive market that will self-regulate to enhance production, efficiency, investment, and, indirectly, the lives of Mexican producers and consumers. That’s the idea. But what has happened in the Mexican countryside over the past 14 years of NAFTA shows that free trade has been a disaster for small farmers in Mexico.
Imminent opening of the Mexican market to tax-free imports from the US and Canada is source of protests 34 days short of enforcing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The loss of jobs in the agricultural industries, along with increases in the cost of living with fewer employment opportunities under CAFTA are speculated to produce economic and social hardships that will result in migration both within and outside Central American nations. Most of this migration will be directed towards Mexico and the US.
China has beaten Mexico hands down in terms of trade in the past few years, and may do even better after December, when a "peace clause" expires.
About 40 Mexican rural organizations agreed Wednesday to create a unitary front against the North America Free Trade Agreement. As part of the peaceful resistance plan, farmers will camp on the central square of Zocalo starting Monday to defend the rights of four million Mexican agricultural producers.
The amendment allows for goods originating in Israel or Mexico to undergo minimal processing or storage in a third country, such as the US or EU, and still retain duty-free status
Choquehuanca’s trip has the purpose of open better markets that go beyond the Free Trade Agreement signed with Mexico ten years ago.
A large number of Indian companies like Tata, Wipro, Ranbaxy and Reliance are dreaming to expand their presence in the US and vast Latin American market by investing in Mexico, through NAFTA and other trade pacts.
South Korea is ready to accelerate its efforts to sign free trade agreements with Mexico and Mercosur, the country’s top economic policymaker said Monday.
India and Mexico on Monday signed an agreement to scale up trade and investment