Dow Jones - Mexico is seen posting its second-biggest monthly trade deficit this year for December on softer manufacturing exports and falling prices for crude-oil exports, but the nation's overall trade shortfall for 2012 is projected to be quite modest.
Reuters - A U.S. trade panel has given final approval to anti-dumping duties on hundreds of millions of dollars of residential washing machines from Mexico and South Korea in a case brought by American manufacturer Whirlpool.
Latin American Herald Tribune - Negotiations are taking place for Mexico to purchase up to 500,000 tons annually of fertilizer from Ukraine, which is the top country producing and exporting chemical fertilizers in the world.
Reuters - Mexico will drop a complaint before the World Trade Organization against Argentina over trade restrictions after the two countries reached a new automobile pact, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday.
Reuters - Argentina is close to sealing a new automobile trade deal with Mexico that could help revive trade between two of Latin America's top economies, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday, according to a report.
Just-Style - Mexico has delayed a move to challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO) what it claims are illegal Chinese subsidies for textile and clothing producers.
LAT - The sluggish port city of Ensenada is coming alive. A strike that has effectively shut down rival ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach has diverted ships south of the border, sending a windfall for the port located about 50 miles from the border.
NPR - Mexico is the world's largest exporter of flat-screen TVs. There are a lot of factories just south of the U.S. border, filled with workers putting together televisions. The individual parts come from Asia, but the final assembly is done in Mexico.
Reuters - Mexico will likely ask the World Trade Organization to settle a dispute with China over government aid to textile makers after bilateral talks failed to reach a deal, an economy ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Reuters - Mexico's economy ministry said it has opened an anti-dumping probe into Chinese seamless steel pipes after local company TAMSA complained of price differences between the Asian imports and domestic production.