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Mexico Wants to Strengthen its Trade Relationship with Florida

Mexican officials are hoping to strengthen trade ties with Florida. During a recent visit to Orlando, Mexico’s foreign affairs undersecretary Carlos Sada said he wants to see import and export revenue between his country and Florida rival that of border states like Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. “We have businessmen that are investing in Florida, in the tourist and hospitality industry; in the dairy industry; in the manufacturing industry. So why not explore more of that?”, Sada asked.

More than $5 billion in cars, gold, phones, and other merchandise were traded last year between Florida and Mexico, according to Enterprise Florida.

Sada said that number could be exponentially larger.

“There is a huge potential and you have a lot of things to export to Mexico and to the business, and we have a lot of things to export to Florida”, Sada said.

Import and export revenue between Mexico and the United States in the past has concentrated on border states. Sada said he hopes to speak with Governor Scott in the future.

Overall trade for goods and services between Mexico and the United States totaled $579 billion last year.

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Renata joined the WVIK News team in March 2014, as the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow. She anchors during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, produces features, and reports on everything from same-sex marriage legislation to unemployment in the Quad Cities.