Why Mexican Products?

NAFTA and Trade Flows

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Mexico - Canada, Trade Relations

    NAFTA: Engine of trade and investment growth

    The NAFTA has been a key factor to propel trade and investment between Mexico and Canada to unprecedented levels. In 2010, total trade reached the historical level of US$30.1 billions (bdd), almost six times the 1993 value of US$3.6 bdd, with an annual average rate of growth of 12.5% for this period.

    As a result of this bilateral trade boom, currently Mexico is Canada’s fourth largest trading partner worldwide and its first in Latin America, behind the U.S., China and Japan. In terms of the trade balance, Mexico maintains a positive balance, with Mexican exports accounting for almost seven of every ten dollars in the total bilateral trade.

    Canada: third largest destination for Mexican exports

    Mexico is Canada’s third largest source of imports after the United States and China, and surpassing traditional countries like Japan. In 2010, Mexican exports to Canada grew 1.0 %, compared with the previous year, to reach US$21.4 bdd, an amount equivalent to 5.5% of Canada’s total imports.

    Diversification of Mexican exports in the Canadian Market

    Mexico has significantly diversified its export supply since 1993, when it exported just 1,000 types of products to Canada. In 2010, by contrast, Mexican exports to Canada comprised almost 4,000 product types, most significantly from the electronics and automotive sectors.

    In 2010, the top five Mexican exports to Canada were television sets (7.7% of total Canadian imports from Mexico), automobiles with an engine capacity between 1500 and 3000 cm3 (6.5%), gas-powered trucks weighing less than 5 tons (6.2%), telephones for cellular network or for other wireless networks (5.7%) and process units for storage/input/output units (3.1%).

    Furthermore, Mexican products compete successfully in the Canadian market by offering the consumers competitive products in price and quality. As result, México is currently the most important supplier of items such as television sets, autoparts, cigarettes, beer, lamps, and agricultural goods such as tomatoes, peppers, avocados, onions and cucumber.

    Mexico: fifth largest destination for Canadian exports

    Mexico has become one of the most important markets for Canadian products. In 2010, Mexico was Canada’s fifth largest export market after the United States, United Kingdom, China and Japan, with a value of US$8.6 billion, a 17.9% growth compared with the previous year and 623% when compared with 1993 figures.

    Canada’s top exports to Mexico last year were, rape or colza seeds (7.5%), Telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless network engine (4.0%), automobiles with an capacity over 3000 cm3 (3.6%), motor vehicle parts (3.2%), automobiles with an engine capacity over 1500 cm3 (2.9%).

    Export patterns show that the two countries are building a strong and balanced trading relationship. In 2010, Canada was Mexico’s leading supplier of rape seeds, bars of alloy steel, smoking tobacco, vehicles, paper, nickel, and birdseeds.

    Mexico–Canada trade by province

    With respect to the regional distribution of trade, just three of the ten Canadian provinces accounted for the vast majority (88.4%) of bilateral trade in 2010. Ontario was Mexico’s primary provincial trading partner, capturing almost three quarters (73.8%) of total bilateral trade, followed by Quebec (8.2%), Alberta (6.4%), British Columbia (5.7%) and Manitoba (2.7%). This trade pattern also reflects the geographical distribution of people and revenue in Canada, since approximately 90% of Canada's total population and GDP are concentrated in these provinces.

    In 2010, 95% of Canada’s total goods shipments to Mexico originated in Ontario (46.9%), Quebec (15.8%), Alberta (15.2%), Saskatchewan (10.2%) and Manitoba (6.9%). On the side of Mexican exports to Canada, Ontario accounted for 79.9% of the country’s Mexico-bound exports, followed by Quebec at 6.5% and British Columbia at 6.1%.

    Canadian FDI in Mexico

    The Canadian investment in Mexico has been an important factor in the interaction and integration of our productive sectors. Canada’s cumulated investment in Mexico between 2000 and 2010 totalled $9.6 billion, making it the forth largest foreign investor in Mexico after the US, Spain and the Netherlands. By contrast, in 1993, Canada was Mexico’s ninth largest foreign investor behind several European nations.


Relevance of the Mexican Economy

  1. Basic Facts About Mexico View
  2. Mexico's Economic Activity View


Mexico's Position as a World Class Trader

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Mexico as supplier to Canada

Opportunities Database for Mexican Products in Canada

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Canadian Market

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Importing Mexican products

Importing Guide

  1. IMPORTING GUIDE: The information in this guide provides an overview of the commercial importing process (Go to...)


  3. IMPORT CONTROLS: Certain goods may be prohibited or controlled, or require special permits, inspections or conditions to be met to be allowed entry into Canada (Go to...)

  4. STANDARDS: Help to ensure better, safer and more efficient methods and products, and are an essential element of technology, innovation and trade (Go to...)

  5. PACKAGING CONSUMER PRODUCTS (NON-FOOD): The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act applies to retailers, manufacturers, processors or producers of a product, or persons engaged in the business of importing, packing or selling any product (Go to...)

  6. PACKAGING CONSUMER FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS: Specific requirements regarding food labelling regulations can be obtained through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Go to...)

  7. MOST RECENT CANADIAN CUSTOMS TARIFF: If you do not know the tariff classification code of the product that you wish to export, you may consult this link, where you can look up product codes. We advise you to consult an expert for an accurate classification (Go to...)

  8. BORDER INFORMATION SERVICE (BIS): The BIS is 24-hour telephone service that automatically answers all incoming calls and provides general pre-recorded customs information (Go to...)

  9. CANADIAN SOCIETY OF CUSTOMS BROKERS: Importers can search the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers’ online directory of customs brokerage firms throughout the country (Go to...)


  11. NAFTA GUIDE TO CUSTOMS PROCEDURES: This guide was designed to provide general information on the North American Free Trade Agreement (Go to...)

  12. IDENTIFYING YOUR SUPPLIERS: This guide was designed to provide general information on the North American Free Trade Agreement (Go to...)

  13. BUSINESS NUMBER FOR IMPORTING GOODS INTO CANADA: All importers require a business number (BN) for their import/export account (Go to...)

  14. DOING BUSINESS WITH CANADA: These are the most popular topics for businesses around the world interested in doing business with Canada (Go to...)

  15. SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS: The Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada) provides importing guides, including Importing into Canada: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Start an Import Business (Go to...)

  16. INVESTING IN CANADA: This site provides importers with general information of what the investor will need to know including available incentives, import and export restrictions, strategic trade controls and free trade agreements (Go to...)



Mexican Exporters

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Trade Related Contacts in Canada

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Trade Related Contacts in Mexico

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