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The United States and Mexico enjoy a large and dynamic trading relationship: Mexico is currently the United States’ 3rd largest trading partner. This partnership has been fostered by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to which Canada is also party. Mexico and the United States are also currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with nine other member countries. In 2012, US goods exports to Mexico totaled USD 216 billion while US goods imports from Mexico reached USD 278 billion. The resulting balance of trade is a US deficit of USD 62 billion. Top US goods exports to Mexico include machinery, electrical machinery, mineral fuel and oil, vehicles, and plastic. The most common US goods imports from Mexico include electrical machinery, vehicles, machinery, mineral fuel and oil, optic and medical instruments.


  • Mexico Souvenir masks
  • Mayan pyramid, Mexico
  • Cactus in Mexico
  • Mictlantecuhtli
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Priority Sectors

Industry sectors identified so far as priorities include food and drugs, energy, sanitation, pharmaceuticals, and vitamin supplements. Additional sectors may be added based on interest from the private sector in either country.


. Regulatory Coherence & Convergence Project for the Medical Device Sector

Work plan– finalized in 2014

High Level Symposium to Enhance Regulator Expertise on the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
February 9-10, 2016 Mexico City, Mexico

North American Conference on Good Regulatory Practice
December 10-11, 2014 Mexico City, Mexico
Organized in conjunction with the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Training on Conformity Assessment
November 3-7, 2014 Mexico City, Mexico,
Organized in conjunction with COPANT

Joint assessment meetings
May 2014, Mexico City, Mexico


Relevant Agreements and Regional Organizations

  • WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
  • TPP
  • Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation – Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance
  • Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)
  • Inter-American Metrology System (SIM)

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