Belize and Mexico bridging the trade gap the trade gap

By Dyllan Lawrence
Staff Reporter

The “Export to Mexico Workshop”, a one-day seminar, was held by the Embassy of Belize in Mexico on Thursday, August 27th, 2015. In collaboration with the embassy, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) upheld its plan to promote export-ready products.

The workshop, which was scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, highlighted business opportunities from both Belizean and Mexican trade markets.
The workshop included a Mexican market overview, niche markets and value generation, and intellectual property rights.

Topics of discussion also included certification and labelling, customs structure and procedures, and protocol and negotiation skills in Mexico.
According to Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Trade, Michael Singh, there are already some exports that are being made to Mexico and he has heard some of the the issues producers have with bringing products across the border.

Singh mentioned that all issues are being currently looked at and resolved.
While tangible exports, such as agriculture and furniture seem to be the preferred produce, tourism needs help.

According to Ambassador of Belize in Mexico, H.E. Oliver Del Cid, “traditionally its been only 5,000 to 6000 Mexicans per year that travel into Belize. It’s difficult to understand how the level can be so low.
“Our embassy has been trying very hard to increase that number through very aggressive promotions.”
Del Cid mentioned that over the next five years, Belize wexpects to see improvements in terms of both imports and exports and tourism.

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