Chinese Steel Imports Cause Industry Rift in Mexico

7/9/15 Wall Street Journal

via Flickr - Dave Parker
via Flickr – Dave Parker

The Mexican government’s recent decision to impose anti-dumping duties on some key steel imports from China has sparked a rift between the country’s steel and automotive industries, reigniting a debate over whether Mexico should adopt a more protectionist stance over trade policy.

On Thursday, the government announced several additional measures to support domestic steelmakers, including strengthening customs controls to block the entrance of illegal steel. But authorities stopped short of meeting local industry demands for a 15% blanket tariff on all steel imports from China. Mexico doesn’t apply import tariffs on steel.

As a result of the global steel glut caused by falling demand and excess output by China, Mexican steel producers have announced thousands of layoffs and have been lobbying in recent weeks for the imposition of tariffs.

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Mexico unveils new measures to protect struggling steel industry

7/8/15 Financial Express

technicians making repairs - industry job trainingMexico unveiled news measures to protect its struggling steel industry on Wednesday as slack global demand, oversupply from China and cheap imports from Russia have hammered steelmakers in Latin America’s second largest economy.

The measures come a month after Mexico imposed provisional import duties on hot-rolled steel from Germany, China and France amid an anti dumping investigation.

Later in June, the government announced import duties on cold-rolled steel sheet from China.

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China Rail Builder Seeks Compensation Over Canceled Mexico Bullet-Train Project

By Carlos Tejada, 2/3/2015

Train Tracks by HeraldicosBEIJING—A Chinese rail-construction company is seeking compensation from Mexican officials stemming from a halted $3.7 billion Mexican high-speed-rail project.

In a statement Tuesday to the Shanghai stock exchange, China Railway Construction Corp. said it was still in negotiations with “the Mexican side and will update if there is important progress.” It didn’t offer further details, but said the postponement won’t have a major effect on its operations.

In November, CRCC warned it would resort to legal means to protect its interests after the contract was revoked.

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China’s CRCC Likely to Win in New Bidding for Mexico Train Project

By Gabriel Stargardter, 1/14/2015

755225_e72ed744d1_m(Reuters) – China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) looks poised to clinch a contract to build a $3.75 billion Mexican high-speed train system even after its original winning bid was revoked when it became engulfed in a political scandal, say sources with knowledge of the bidding.

Mexico will on Wednesday reveal the fresh bid terms for the tainted train project linking Mexico City with the wealthy, industrial city of Queretaro, which was meant to be one of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s flagship infrastructure investments.

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China plans to bid again for Mexico high-speed rail project

12/01/01 Reuters

Train Tracks by HeraldicosChina plans to tender again for Mexico’s $3.75 billion high-speed rail project after the Latin American nation abruptly canceled its earlier win, one of the firms in a Chinese-led consortium that had bid and a source close to the bid said. Mexico revoked the contract awarded to the consortium made up of China Railway Construction Corp, CSR Corp and four other Mexican firms on Nov. 7 after opposition lawmakers claimed it was fixed. The consortium’s bid was uncontested..

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Mexico Leader’s Woes Follow Him to China

10/10/14 Wall Street Journal

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters
Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Revelations that a mansion used by President Enrique Peña Nieto ’s family was held by a Mexican company whose owner has won big government contracts reverberated from Mexico to China on Monday. Social networks exploded with photos of the first family’s residence, valued at $7 million, as a video about the president’s family home was seen more than 1 million times on YouTube. The president’s office defended the home by saying it wasn’t the president’s property, but rather the first lady’s, who was paying the home in installments. It declined to give more information. But the president’s opponents—including student groups and leftist politicians—called for his resignation and new elections on Twitter using the trending hashtag #Articulo39RenunciaEPN.

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Why China Won Mexico’s High-Speed Rail Project

11/04/14 The Diplomat 

shutterstock_91867121The government of Mexico announced that it has chosen China Railway Corp to build a high-speed rail line connecting the capital of Mexico City with Queretaro, a manufacturing city 210 km to the north. The project is slated to start in December and the line is expected to begin operation in 2017, according to Mexican government officials, at a cost of $3.75 billion. As the competition heats up to win high-speed rail contracts abroad, China has struck first, winning the first such bid in Latin America. The question is how China managed to win, and what that means for competitors like Japan and Germany.

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