Mexico, Maquiladoras, Tariffs, Trade Negotiations, and Changes in Government - What are the Immediate Effects on Commerce and on Our Closest Trading Partners

Mexico, Maquiladoras, Tariffs, Trade Negotiations, and Changes in Government -
What are the Immediate Effects on Commerce and on Our Closest Trading Partners

Co-Hosted by the Organization for Women in Trade (OWIT)



Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 pm



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    Mexico, Maquiladoras, Tariffs, Trade Negotiations, and Changes in Government -
    What are the Immediate Effects on Commerce and on Our Closest Trading Partners

Global trade has always had its intricacies, and with international trade and the global economy in flux it is vital to understand the complexities of our trading partners. Mexico is not only in close proximity to the United States, but in December 2017, Mexico was our #3 trading partner closely behind Canada and China.  Recognizing the inherent advantages of proximity, it is therefore ironic that one of our largest trading partners seems to have a number issues in flux.

Because of these complex issues, understanding our trade position with Mexico is important to us for four primary reasons: 1) In terms of how we currently do business with an important trade partner; 2) In terms of the possibility for changes in our relationship with Mexico, recognizing that the newly elected President of Mexico will take office on December 1; 3) In terms of how our current negotiating posture is likely to affect our ability to be the center of a North American trade zone; and 4) In terms of the opportunity to better understand how the world currently views us, and what our future global trade opportunities will look like.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 18th when we will be joined by members of Organization for Women in Trade (OWIT) for a presentation covering business strategies relating to the challenges of doing business in Mexico, and the current issues situation with NAFTA, "U.S.-Mexico trade agreement, and an additional presentation discussing the political dynamics in Mexico - Outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto and the Political Impact of His Administration - and what to expect from the newly elected President.

Organization for Women in Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and education opportunities. Please go to for more information about the Organization for Women in Trade (OWIT).

Martin Caro , currently Trade & Investment Commissioner, ProMéxico Chicago, joined ProMéxico in 2009 as Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner at the ProMéxico office in Seoul, South Korea. After this opportunity Mr. Caro was invited to join the ProMéxico North America team in Washington D.C. Mr. Caro's main responsibilities in this position were to implement and develop the economic promotion strategy for all the North American offices. Since 2015, Mr. Caro was promoted to lead the ProMéxico office in Chicago as Trade & Investment Commissioner. Mr. Caro holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, as well as a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from King’s College London in the United Kingdom.

Nichole Schude, Principal at Schude Trade Law, is an international trade and regulatory compliance attorney with 12 years of experience working with some of the world's largest multinationals as well as social enterprises and small businesses across sectors, including green and emerging tech, automotive, consumer electronics, food and beverage, industrial equipment. Ms. Schude offers comprehensive trade law and consulting services relating to import compliance, export controls, trade remedies advocacy, business immigration, U.S. government contracting, and product regulatory compliance, among other issues. Ms. Schude negotiates and drafts contracts bilingually in Spanish and English; and maintains a distinguished global referral network in foreign jurisdictions, such as the E.U., the Middle East, China, Japan, and Mexico to assist her clients in managing their global supply chains. Ms. Schude received a Juris Doctor Law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts, International Studies degree from DePaul University.

Alfredo Arroyo, General Secretary, Federation de Guerrenses in Chicago, love for helping people began after college in 2008 when he joined Northwestern Mutual. Mr. Arroyo has a high-charged positive energy and takes great pride in providing superior customer service. Mr. Arroyo was born and currently resides in Chicago. In 2012, Mr. Arroyo began to volunteer with his parents organization helping raise funds to build roads and infrastructure for people in need in Mexico. In 2015, Mr. Arroyo began volunteering and joined the non-profit organization called the Federation of Guerrerenses in Illinois. Today, Mr. Arroyo is the general secretary of this non-profit organization which serves as an umbrella for 30 sub-committees and each sub-committee has hundreds of followers. The Federation helps to raise funds which are used to build new infrastructure in Mexico and most importantly to help those who are in need.

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