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Key North American Free Trade Agreement Resources

NAFTA Agreement

Key Enforcement Forms

Dispute Settlement Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary of Terms

NAFTA's economic impact was discussed in this paper from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2016.


US Government Resources

It has a wealth of information about conducting commerce with Mexico. helps U.S. companies plan, develop and execute international sales strategies necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. Developed by international trade specialists and economists, here you will find trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help you understand how to export, connect with foreign buyers, and expand operations in new markets. It is a product of the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.

Minority Business Development Agency

The Minority Business Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce writes about the value of the cross-border trade with Mexico.

U.S. Embassies

U.S. Embassy resources for doing business in Mexico.


City of San Diego and Other Local Resources

San Diego Economic Development Dept

San Diego's Economic Development Department is a portion of the San Diego City government that is focused on growing San Diego's economy. It has resources for starting and expanding your business. It has a thorough section about doing business in Mexico.


SANDAG is the San Diego Association of Governments and it serves as the forum for regional decision-making for the San Diego region. Its Borders Committee brings together representatives from San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, and Orange counties and from cities and states in Mexico to help create a regional community. They have many resources and studies available.

U.S. International Trade Adminisration

The San Diego office of this Department of Commerce agency provides a starting contact point for more information about NAFTA and how businesses can work with Mexico.


International Organization Resources

The World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. The United States and Mexico have been members since 1995. 

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

They have several resources for doing business in Mexico.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. They are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 189 member states.

Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies, and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967. The United States and Mexico are both members.


Trade Organization Resources

The Small Business Administration has information about doing business internationally.

The New Mexico Small Business Development Center put together a 3-part video series about doing business in Mexico.


Print Resources at the Law Library

Title Call Number

BNA Tax Management Portofolio - #7240

Business Operations in Mexico

KF6289 .A1 T35 no.7240
Doing Business in Mexico  HG5162 .G72
NAFTA and Free Trade in the Americas in a Nutshell KDZ944 .F653

Check out the featured list for more Law Library books on business and commerce with and in Mexico.


Doing Business in Mexico - webinar


Doing Business in Mexico - webinar


Information and Descriptions of Trade with Mexico

San Diego's NBC station recently ran an article about the importance of trade between the San Diego and Tijuana regions. It included comments about how easing border restrictions benefits the economy, how the regions economies benefit each other, and how many finished products are assembled on both sides of the border.

This paper from Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies describes the extent of cross-border trade with Mexico. The report shows how trade has grown over the past 20 years, which states are most tied to Mexico, and how different industries have benefited from trade with Mexico.


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