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Extending border zone statewide could attract millions more from Mexican shoppers

A push to extend the border zone statewide looks to attract more visitors from Mexico to shop and travel in Arizona.... Read more»

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Mexico, U.S. to open jointly staffed border stations

Mexico and the United States said on Thursday they will open two jointly staffed border stations on Mexican soil in a bid to streamline trade and improve communication at the frontier, which has suffered due to tensions over migration.... Read more»

Factchecking the Democratic debate

The candidates stretched the facts on unemployment, wages and Social Security, among other topics. ... Read more»

Ducey: Trans-Pacific Partnership makes Arizona more competitive

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership because the trade policy will make Arizona more competitive in the business world.... Read more»

Ripples in Chinese economy could make waves for Arizona businesses

For Arizona, which exported more than $1 billion to China in 2014, the economic turmoil currently being experienced by one of the state’s biggest trading partners could cause ripples that are felt back home.... Read more»

U.S., Mexico open first new rail link in over a century

The United States and Mexico on Tuesday opened their first new rail link in more than a century as part of plans to update infrastructure carrying nearly $600 billion a year in bilateral trade, officials said.... Read more»

Export-Import Bank stalls in Congress leaving firms in ‘uncharted territory’

Authorization for the government bank that has helped more than 100 Arizona businesses do international business expired early Wednesday, leaving the Export-Import Bank in “uncharted territory” for the first time in its 81 years.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on vote to advance Pacific trade deal

Arizona Republicans sided with President Barack Obama and the state’s Democrats opposed him Thursday, as the House voted to revive stalled negotiations toward a 12-nation free-trade pact with Asian and Pacific Rim countries.... Read more»

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Pacific trade deal has lots of protections for businesses — but not for workers

The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.... Read more»

Mexico loosening rules for armed U.S. agents

Lawmakers are celebrating news that Mexico will soon allow U.S. agents to carry guns while inspecting cargo on Mexican soil, which should help speed trade between the two countries. New gun rules may also mean better protection for foreign dignitaries who will be able to travel with their official security details.... Read more»

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U.S.-backed trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds

Hundreds of millions of patients around the Pacific rim face losing the chance to use new, cheap generic drugs to treat a host of conditions thanks to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership. The TPP will be the world’s largest ever trade agreement — and it's being negotiated behind closed doors.... Read more»

Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

Products on display at the Border Security Expo held in Phoenix ranged from body cameras to retinal scanners for customs checkpoints to an amphibious ball carrying video equipment. Makers hope to capitalize on calls for more secure borders. ... Read more»

Carlos Slim: Arizona-Mexico relations yet to reach full potential

Carlos Slim Helu, a tycoon known as one of the world’s richest businessmen, talked international trade and gave advice to the Phoenix business community on Wednesday. In his talk, he spoke about the future of U.S.-Mexico relations, among other things. ... Read more»

International exports seen as key to Arizona’s economic future

According to the International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Arizona’s exports of merchandise to Mexico totaled $19.4 billion in 2013. That makes Arizona the nation’s fifth-largest exporter to Mexico, trailing only Texas, California, Michigan and Illinois.... Read more»

Arming U.S. agents in Mexico stalling trade agreement

Call it one of the most heralded binational agreements between the United States and Mexico you have probably never heard of. For more than a year, a Mexican customs inspection station has been open at the Laredo International Airport, the only airport in the U.S. where Mexican agents preclear cargo headed south of the border.... Read more»

Lawmakers, Phoenix outline plans for Mexico trade office

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars.... Read more»1

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