U.S., Mexico CEOs Partner to Fix Border, Build Business

A new development in US-Mexico trade has caught my eye, because it’s driven by and for C-level business owners, through the US Chamber of Commerce. And it’s likely to build bridges of trade between the two nations that will overcome many of the short-term obstacles to success — immigration, transport, and security problems — in ways that no federal mandate could do.

The goal of Leadership Initiative Vision 2020 is “to make our border work; make both countries more competitive in global markets; promote the continent’s energy independence while respecting our shared environment; raise living standards for our citizens; and enhance inter-governmental cooperation; all within a framework that fully respects and supports national sovereignty and interests.”

Tall order. But when CEOs of growing global companies are all seated at the same table and you serve up some legit, profitable deals, those deals will be carved up and invoiced before dessert. I give high marks to our chambers and officials for turning this program loose. While you do see mention of “high level dialog” taking place, potentially sucking time and effort away from the work world; you also see mention of “working groups” that will shift the Chamber’s plan “from policy aspiration to reality”. The chamber and its members are focused on clearing paths to sustainable business relationships, through hard work, so my sense is the “working groups” will prevail!

Read more about the US Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to build relevant, sustainable trade revenue between the US and Mexico at their website.

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May is World Trade Month

World Trade Month: What's in Your Container?

As a big advocate of global trade, here’s my pitch for readers everywhere to get involved in World Trade Month.

Scan the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s excellent website for a calendar of nationwide events on building global trade, and get going! Boise … Cedar Rapids … Miami … The Big Apple … Northern Kentucky or Southern California … Detroit. Trade is on the minds of everyone these days, from the Oval Office on down. Our nation’s secretary of commerce is leading a cabinet-level trade mission to Asia later this month, too.

Traditional and new industries nationwide are experiencing tremendous growth in global demand for their products and services. And, makers of goods for consumer and industrial use from around the world are knocking on your door, to build up profitable new relationships with you. Go global!

It’s World Trade Week!

As you read this, about 31 million Americans are at work in jobs that are directly supported by international trade. Nearly one in every five U.S. jobs are linked to exports and imports of goods and services.
Contrary to popular belief, the United States remains the world’s largest manufacturer. Since NAFTA was launched, U.S. manufacturers have boosted their output by more than 50%; U.S. factories account for over 20% of the worlds manufacturing output. Indeed, in California alone, more than 700,000 jobs are supported by the $117 billion in manufactured exports from the state to the rest of the world.

This week-long observance of the absolute relevance of international trade to the US economy began in 1926 – like today, a most notable period of economic angst and isolationist leanings. The idea was hatched by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, who sought ways to promote growth for the booming southern Cal region and the new Port of Los Angeles.

Hat’s off to the resourceful folks at the US Chamber of Commerce whose website, TradeRoots.org, is chock full of trade data.

This month, the southern Cal region is still on it. In the remaining days of May, there will be gatherings in Santa Ana (Mexico Trade Outlook) and downtown LA (The Americas Business Forum) featuring some progressive, hard-working teams of government and trade officials. I will attend both, and will let you know how they go!

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