U.S.-Mexico trade recovers levels prior to 2009 recession

U.S.-Mexico trade recovered levels previous to the 2009 recession, but it remains stifled by transportation bottlenecks, criminal violence, corruption and other challenges, experts at a border trade conference in Mexico City, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Hosted by the San Antonio-based Border Trade alliance and the publication Mexico Now, many speakers concluded that it is a pressing issue to improve border-crossing times for travelers, cargo trucks, and rail cars along the border. Depending on the hour and the location, crossing cargo from Mexico into Texas and other U.S. border states can take up to five hours or more, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

More than 6 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico, concluded a study of the consulting company Trade Partnership Worldwide, based in Washington, DC.

The result of the study was released by the Ministry of Economy and the American Chamber of Commerce, and these jobs are broken down in each of the 50 states of the union, with detailed figures shown on a map.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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