Welcome to Mexico, home to the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Mexico City is one of the most important financial centres in the Americas, with the country being classed as an ‘upper middle income’ economy by the World Bank. It’s a particularly open economy, actively encouraging commercial interaction with other countries, but this keeps competition fierce (so know your unique selling proposition).

If you’re interested in doing business in Mexico, you can find more information on our dedicated Latin America offices. Just click on the ‘Mexico’ tab.

Getting to Mexico

The best way to get to Mexico City is via Los Angeles. You can fly direct to LAX with Air New Zealand, Qantas and United Airlines. The fastest you’ll get to Mexico with one stop will be 19 hours.

When to visit

Late winter is the traditional tourist season of Mexico, with summer often being unbearably hot. In coastal areas, September to mid-October is hurricane season. December to February you’ll find great hotel deals and the cooler weather may be better for a business trip.

It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with Mexico’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.

Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Mexico.

Cultural tips 

With a fiercely competitive economy, making the right impression in Mexico can make or break a deal. Here are a few things to remember:

  • build strong interpersonal relationships – Mexicans like to do business with people they know and trust
  • dress to impress – smart clothing should be worn to business meetings
  • business here is hierarchical – try to get as high up the food chain as possible and send the right level of person into meetings
  • time is more flexible here – build in buffers to your schedule to allow for late arrivals
  • lunch is leisurely – it won’t start until 2pm and it isn’t the place to discuss business; breakfast is better.

Working in-market

Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer/scanner, tea/coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List

Connect with NZTE in Mexico

If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Mexico, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.

New Zealand's relationship with Mexico

If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Mexico, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Mexico page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits. 

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  • I'm visiting my market. How can NZTE help me?

    If you’re an NZTE customer, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.

  • I want to find an in-market distributor for my business
    NZTE doesn’t maintain lists of distributors for specific products and markets. We encourage companies to do as much of the initial search process as they can for themselves, while bringing in professional help where needed.

    You’ll find useful information on researching, finding and selecting the right distributor for you in our Export Essentials guide to understanding your channel partner options.
  • I want to find out about regulations and tariffs for export
    Regulations and tariffs should be one of the first things you find out before exporting. They often determine whether a market will be easy or hard for you to export to, or whether you should try to do business there at all.

    Understanding regulations in your export destination is a must-do. For an introduction to what you need to think about, see our guide on understanding international compliance requirements. This includes tips on how to research regulations, as well as insights on local regulations, standards, health and safety, and dealing with local bureaucracy.

    It’s a good idea to take a look at the rest of the international compliance process while you’re doing your work on regulations – see more information in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    If you’re planning to export food or food-related products, you should also check out the food exporting page on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website. MPI maintains a list of Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for New Zealand food products in different export markets – search and identify OMARs for your product online

    Tariffs can make your products more expensive and less attractive to overseas buyers, so you need to know the charges your products will attract before you commit to a new market.

    You can get a big head start in finding tariff information by using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) tariff finder or the World Trade Organisation’s tariff download facility. You can search the databases by product name, but they work best when you know the approximate Harmonised System (HS) code for your product. HS codes are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products and apply tariffs. The longer the code is, the more precisely it describes your product. The first six digits of an HS code are usually the same worldwide – after that, there can be up to eight further digits, which often vary from country to country.

    New Zealand Customs can help you to find out the first six digits of your HS codes – email VOC@customs.govt.nz.

    To get a longer and more precise HS code for a particular market, look up and contact the local customs authority online, or talk to a customs broker or freight forwarder who has done business in that market.
  • I want to find out about packaging and labelling for export
    Packaging and labelling requirements can be very different from country to country, so get as much information as you can before making the decision to export. 

    Depending on where your products will be sold, you might need to use different materials or labels, and include different types of information. In some countries, you might have to translate all your packaging or labels into the local language – in others, applying a sticker with a few key details will do the job. 

    Make sure that you check out all of the requirements for packaging and labelling before tackling a new market, including anything that’s needed during transport or distribution. 

    You’ll find more details on the kind of things you need to think about in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    We suggest that you work with a customs broker or freight forwarder, or get advice from a lawyer in-market, to understand all the requirements for your product and the place where it’s headed. The Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Federation (CBAFF) has a list of customs brokers and freight forwarders within New Zealand.

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