A TALE OF RACIAL PASSING AND THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER

07/21/2016 The New Yorker

cactusSome people knew him as William Ellis, and others as Guillermo Eliseo. He could be Mexican, Cuban, or even Hawaiian, depending on whom you asked. Everyone seemed to agree that he was spectacularly wealthy and successful. In the dime-store Who’s Who books that were popular at the turn of the twentieth century, his name, in one form or another, appeared regularly. He was a “Banker, Broker, and Miner,” who came to New York from the “Mexican frontier,” an exemplar of the self-made man.

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Western Union partners with Walmart in Mexico

Business Insider 07/07/16 

WalmartThrough a partnership with Walmart de Mexico y Centroamérica, Western Union will add 1,266 Walmart-owned stores across Mexico to its pickup locations, according to Finextra. The partnership, which expands upon the firm’s 13,600 agent locations in Mexico, will begin servicing customers in the third quarter.

Western Union has recently expanded in Mexico, which is a critical market.

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U.S. and Mexico to pilot joint inspections at Mariposa port

06/29/2016 Nogales International

Intermodal_Transport_by_Truck.jpgCustoms officials from the United States and Mexico plan to team up on a pilot program to conduct dual inspections of northbound commercial vehicles at the Mariposa Port of Entry.

 

Currently, Mexican customs officials inspect outbound commercial vehicles a few miles south of the port. But under the new plan, those revisions would be conducted in the United States in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, who inspect the same trucks and cargo as incoming traffic.

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Look South: The Real Mexico Story

06/28/2016 The World Post 

ScottWalkerEarlier this month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spent a week in Mexico. Why Mexico? After all, the border is about 1,500 miles from his home state.

Like 28 other governors, Mr. Walker leads a state in which Mexico is either the number one or two export destination. Last year Wisconsin sent nearly $3 billion in exports south of the border, and in his state alone, 117,000 jobs depend on trade with Mexico.

This is a story repeated across the United States, making Mexico the country’s second-largest export destination, accounting for nearly 16 percent of worldwide sales. Without our Mexico trade, 6 million US jobs would be at risk.

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Mexican official visits Arizona looking to strengthen ties between U.S. and Mexico

06/27/2016 KTAR News

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The relationship between Arizona and Mexico is moving in a positive direction, according to Mexico’s Minister of Tourism.

 

Enrique de la Madrid was in the United States last week and made a stop in Phoenix. He said two important keys to the relationship between Arizona and Mexico are trade and tourism. He also said trade between Arizona and Mexico generates about $16 billion a year, adding that Arizona’s $9 billion in exports to Mexico accounts for 40 percent of the state’s exports to the world.

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Mexico’s Fuel Market Is Open, But the Imports Aren’t Flowing

06/28/16 Bloomberg

stock-footage-montage-of-clean-energy-fossil-fuel-pollutionSoaring fuel theft, violent protests over shortages and a lack of independent infrastructure have some investors questioning whether the Mexican gasoline sector is ready for a surge of U.S. imports.

The country enacted legislation in April allowing companies other than state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos to import fuel for the first time since the 1930s, nine months ahead of the January 2017 start date it had originally targeted for reforms. Mexico has since awarded permits to import a combined 135.6 billion liters (853 million barrels) of gasoline and diesel.

No fuel has been brought in using those 12-month permits, however, as the industry grapples with regulatory and logistical obstacles, according to Jose Angel Garcia Elizondo, head of Mexico’s national gasoline retailers association Onexpo.

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U.S. Freight Trade With Mexico, Canada Declined in April

06/23/2016 The Wall Street Journal

shipCross-border trade between the North American Free Trade Agreement nations has been slowing as ocean and pipeline shipments of crude oil have plummeted, but the trucking business is holding its ground.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that total freight flows across the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico reached $90.4 billion in value in April, down 3.2% compared with April of 2015. April was the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year declines in the measure, which includes goods moved by truck, rail, pipeline, ocean vessel and aircraft.

Air shipments were down 10.4% and rail shipments, the second-largest sector within the cross-border North American freight business, fell 3.4%

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