Business Ideas For Trade With Mexico


There is so much opportunity for business with Mexico.  NAFTA is an agreement that did bring many benefits to Canada and Mexico.  Risk of change can eliminate some reduced tariffs on items imported from these countries.  What items can you import and where could you go to see import fees?


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The United States International Trade Commission has an excel sheet detailing the tariff database.  If you plan to create a retail store, or eCommerce store that imports from another country, you should check and see if there are duties or fees on the items.  I took a look at the tariff database to see what items specifically were helped by NAFTA.  There are more than 10,000 entries in this excel sheet, but I chose the most interesting to myself, with reduced tariffs on imports from Mexico.

Here is What I Found

  • Hair pins
  • Combs of plastic
  • Sets of pens and mechanical pencils
  • Pens with ball point, felt tip, or other porous tip
  • Button blanks
  • Art, engravings photos and philosophy and science apparatus imported by an artist, lecturer, scientist for exhibition, promotion of art science and industry
  • Brooms and brushes
  • Paint rollers
  • Shaving, hair, nail, eyelash brushes
  • Fishing line, fishing nets
  • Swimming pools and wading pools
  • Golf equipment other than golf footwear. Complete golf clubs
  • Lawn tennis rackets strung or not strung
  • Parts of lamps, lighting fixtures, of glass nesoi, plastics, brass
  • Lightings sets of kind used for Christmas trees
  • Pillows, cushions and similar furnishings of cotton
  • Sleeping bags containing 20% or more by weight of feathers or down
  • Mattresses of cotton, other than cellular rubber or plastics or of cotton
  • Swords, Cutlasses, Bayonets, lances and similar arms
  • Rifles that ejects missiles be release of compressed air or gas or by release of spring mechanism
  • Grand pianos
  • Parking Meters
  • Resistance Measuring Instruments
  • Oscilloscopes and oscillographs
  • Projection Screens
  • Baby Carriages including strollers
  • Golf Carts and similar motor vehicles
  • Touch screens without capability to display for futher incorporating in apparatus having a display.
  • Doorbells, chimes, buzzers and similar apparatus’
  • Electric Sound Amplifiers
  • Headphones, earphones and combined microphone/speaker sets
  • Flashlights
  • Spark Plugs
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Evaporative Air Coolers
  • Hydraulic assemblies of machinery for working rubber or plastics or for use to manufacture products
  • Hand-held Blow torches
  • Tools for working in the hand, pneumatic, other than rotary type suitable for metal working
  • Sawing machines for working wood, cork, bone, hard rubber/plastics or similar hard materials
  • Machine centers for bending or assembling, sawing, planning, milling, molding, grinding, sanding, polishing or drilling (tools begin around 9172 but the ones mentioned 9253 and 9254)
  • (9060-9062) printing machinery for textile, gravure, and flexographic
  • Brewery Machine
  • Wire, rods, metals end at 8676 and begin at 8582)
  • Table knives
  • Natural honey at 678
  • Tulip, Hyacinth, Lily, and Narcissus bulbs dormant (701-704)
  • Lily of the Valley pips, dormant 706
  • Live herbaceous perennials other than orchid plants with or without soil attached to roots
  • Fresh cut orchids, chrysanthemums, other carnations, lilies
  • Onion sets, Garlic fresh or chilled
  • Cucumbers, peas, 750 – 919, 980-1050
  • 927-932 almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
  • 935-948 pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts
  • Seeds for sowing 1220-1226
  • Sugar cane
  • Bakers’ wares
  • Jams and marmalades 1775-1803 of peach, strawberry, apricot, cherry, raspberry, peach
  • Juices 1868 – 1900
  • Personal deodorants and antiperspirants 3895 – 3896
  • Blinds 4382 – 4384
  • Gloves made of plastics
  • Office or school supplies made of plastics 4386
  • Dog leashes, collars, muzzles, harnesses and similar dog equipment of any material not expressed as prohibited.
  • Trunks, suitcases, and occupational luggage
  • Articles of apparel of reptile leather
  • Batting gloves of leather or of composition leather
  • MDF, Particle, fiberboard and plywood sheets are mentioned block board, wooden pallets, wooden (4875 – 4950)
  • Yarn and fabrics are between and similar materials begin around 5400 – 6250
  • 6299 – 7000 apparel, curtains bedspreads
  • Tents 7020 – 7040
  • Waterproof  7056 – 7064
  • Footware 7050 – 7200
  • Drinking glasses 7483 – 7520

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