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.
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.
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.