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Why Mexico?

If you’re looking for the next big thing, Mexico is a good place to start.

Brian Hughes | UPS Longitudes

You’ve probably noticed that we’re pretty bullish on Mexico’s future.

That’s why Longitudes spent the week exploring how manufacturers are flocking to Latin America  (don’t forget to check out the podcast) and why that trend will create a fast lane to economic opportunity at the U.S.-Mexico border.

On a related note, we also took a look at the middle-class wave driving Mexico’s growth and explained why some experts are calling Mexico the new Detroit.

We’re firm believers that trade reforms make it easier for every artisan, every entrepreneur and every peasant farmer to sell their goods freely in other markets. Mexico is no different. A country that has endured its fair share of adversity, Mexico, without question, is rising.

If you’re not convinced, consider these recent developments:

The New York Times placed Mexico City at the top of its list of 52 Places to Go in 2016. The paper called the city a “metropolis that has it all.”

For the first time since the 1940s, more immigrants from Mexico are leaving the U.S. than coming into the country.

Mexico’s retail association sales increased more than 6 percent in 2015.

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Mexican automotive sales will grow by 6 percent in 2016 

Hyundai Motor Co. is planning to build the new version of its Accent small car at a Mexican plant.

In the wake of the United States re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba, Mexico is exploring whether to export natural gas to the island nation.

More investors are beginning to test the Mexican e-commerce waters.

Building on recent gains, Mexican automotive sales will grow by 6 percent in 2016.

A new treaty will expand air travel between the United States and Mexico.

And yes … with an accidental assist from actor Sean Penn, authorities finally captured the notorious “El Chapo.”

The times, they are a changin’ in Mexico. goldbrown2

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