Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.


Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and has the largest population. It is the world's largest Spanish-speaking country (2).

Mexico has free trade agreements with over 50 countries; include the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formed with Canada and United State (1;2). It is the world’s leading producer of silver, and the world's fifth largest producer of coffee and crude oil (2).

Mexico’s natural resources include petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber (3). The largest sector of the economy is services (D). Growing industries include forestry and tourism (2).

Mexico’s agriculture products include corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products (3). Itsinclude food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism (3). Its top exports commodities include manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton, minerals and fuels (1;2).
Mexico’s top imports commodities include metalworking machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, car parts for assembly, repair parts for motor vehicles, aircraft, and aircraft parts (1).

Mexico’s main ports and harbors are Acapulco, Altamira, Coatzacoalcos, Ensenada, Guaymas, La Paz, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Progreso, Salina Cruz, Tampico, Topolobampo, Tuxpan, Veracruz (3).

Trade Statistics
Mexico is the United States' 3rd largest goods trading partner with $507 billion in total goods trade during 2013 (10). In 2013, Mexico was the United States' 2nd largest goods export market and 3rd largest supplier of goods imports. (4). United-States is Mexico’s main export and import partner (5;9). Florida’s top exports to Mexico: Medicaments, Mineral Or Chemical Fertilizers, Yachts, Row Boat, Electric Apparatus For Line Telephony, Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics, Civilian Aircraft, Engines, Automatic Data Process Machines. Florida’s top imports from Mexico: Gold, Unwrought, Semi manufactured, Electric Apparatus for Line Telephony, Motor Cars, Vehicles, Articles of Jewelry, Suits, Ensembles (6).
Mexico owns 8 companies in Tampa Bay (7).

The City of Tampa has formalized Sisters Cities’ agreements with the cities of Veracruz and Boca del Rio (8).

Trade Numbers
  • United States’ goods imports from Mexico in 2013: $280.5 billion – (up 1.0% ($2.9 billion) from 2012) (4)
  • United States’ goods exports to Mexico in 2013: $226.2 billion – (up 4.7% ($10.2 billion) from 2012) (4)
  • Florida’s merchandise exports to Mexico in 2013: 2,198.9 of US Dollars (6)
  • Florida’s merchandise imports from Mexico in 2013: 2,605.0 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Mexico in 2012: 4,266.8 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Imports from Mexico to Tampa Port Authority in 2010: $28,407,502 (11)
  • Exports from Tampa Port Authority to Mexico in 2010: $132,482,382 (11)

Export Companies
Mexico owns 8 companies in the Tampa Bay area (7).

Company Parent Country County NAICS Titles # of Employees
Arnold Foods Company, Inc. Mexico Multiple Retail Bakeries <10
Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. Mexico Pinellas Frozen Bakery Product Manufacturing <10
Cemex Cement, Inc. Mexico Multiple Concrete Block & Brick Manufacturing 1000 to 2999
Ewell RMC, Inc. Mexico Multiple Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, & Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers 500 to 999
Metromont Materials Corp. Mexico Hillsborough Other Concrete Product Manufacturing <10
Rinker Materials of Florida, Inc. Mexico Pasco Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing <10
RMC South Florida, Inc. Mexico Multiple Other Concrete Product Manufacturing 50 to 99
Rugby IPD Corp. Mexico Hillsborough Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, & Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers 30 to 49

  1. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mx.html
  2. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O142-Mexico.html
  3. http://www.infoplease.com/country/mexico.html?pageno=9
  4. http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico
  5. http://www.worldstopexports.com/mexicos-top-import-partners/2610
  6. http://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/profile-fl-top-trade-partners-mexico.pdf
  7. http://www.tampabay.org/sites/default/files/NEW%202011%20FDI%20STUDY_0.pdf
  8. http://sarasotasistercities.org/en/blog/florida-sister-cities
  9. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/build/groups/public/@tg_ian/documents/webcontent/tg_ian_003364.pdf
  10. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1312yr.html
  11. http://www.worldportsource.com/trade/byPort/MEX/USA_FL_Tampa_Port_Authority_96.php