Mexico, Venezuela to begin trade talks in 2014

EFE - Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade and Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua have agreed to begin conversations leading to the signing of a trade accord, Mexico's government said.

Factory exports rise in August vs. July

Reuters - Mexican factory exports rose in August in a sign of firmer U.S. demand, but the pace of consumer imports fell as Latin America's No. 2 economy struggles to gain speed after a weak first half this year.

Factory exports flat, consumer imports sag

Reuters - Mexico's trade deficit narrowed in July as factory exports remained steady but consumer imports sagged amid faltering economic growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy. Consumer goods imports dipped 1.69 percent compared with June.

Mexico is ramping up oil exports to India, China

Reuters - Mexico is pushing to double crude oil exports to China next year and boost India-bound shipments, the next stage of a long-term plan to diversify oil sales away from an increasingly energy-independent United States.

Turkey is "ready" for trade deal with Mexico

Anadolu Agency - Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Ça?layan has said Turkey is ready to sign a comprehensive free trade agreement with Mexico. Mexico’s exports to Turkey rose by 23.7 percent in the first five months of this year.

Mexico forecasts record direct foreign investment in 2013

International Business Times - Mexico’s Finance Secretariat expects the country to attract a record amount of foreign direct investment in 2013, and that in the first quarter of the year it had already attracted 40 percent of last year’s total sum.

Mexico restricts live hog imports from U.S.

Reuters - Mexico has restricted imports of live hogs from the United States because of the deadly piglet virus that has spread north of the border. The action does not affect shipments of U.S. pork to Mexico, it only affects live animals.

Mexico sets duties on China seamless steel pipes

Reuters - Mexico has set duties on seamless steel tubes from China, the Asian giant's commerce ministry said on Friday, after a Mexican steel company complained about unfair pricing practices. The decision is a victory for TAMSA.

USDA touts anti-monopoly in Mexican beer industry

Beverage - US and native microbrewers could profit if Mexico’s antitrust regulator rules that controversial exclusivity deals, which benefit local giants Grupo Modelo and Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, owned by AB InBev and Heineken respectively, are illegal.

Mexico might suspend trade preferences for U.S. meat

Reuters - Mexico's Economy Ministry said it is considering suspending preferential trade tariffs with the United States for a variety of products in a simmering dispute over meat labeling.

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