May 27th

New U.S.-Mexico Telecommunications Agreement Will Ease Burdens on U.S. Manufacturers

May 26, 2011


Paris, France – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Mexican Secretary of Economy Bruno Ferrari today signed an agreement that will ease burdens on U.S. companies, especially smaller manufacturers, seeking to export telecommunications products to Mexico, while maintaining our high levels of safety protection and facilitating cross-border trade. Under the Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Government of the United States and the Government of the United Mexican States for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment, Mexican regulatory authorities will accept tests performed by recognized U.S. laboratories to determine the conformity of telecommunications equipment with Mexican technical requirements, rather than requiring additional testing before the American products can be sold in Mexico. The full text of the agreement is available here.


“This agreement will save American manufacturers money and time by allowing them to test their products only once before exporting them to Mexico, supporting good jobs here at home and further facilitating the vital trade that happens between our two economies,” said Ambassador Kirk.


Mexico is the United States’ third-largest goods trading partner, with a total two-way goods trade of $393 billion in 2010. This agreement further cements the mutually beneficial U.S.-Mexico trade relationship and supports American and Mexican businesses and workers with opportunities for growth.


This agreement will permit recognized U.S. laboratories to test telecommunications products for conformity with Mexican technical requirements, and vice versa. This saves manufacturers the time and expense of additional product testing and lowers prices for consumers. The agreement covers equipment subject to telecommunications regulation, including wire and wireless equipment, and terrestrial and satellite equipment. Under the agreement, both parties have committed to undertake confidence building measures during an 18 month transition period, which will include joint meetings and training opportunities for government officials involved in designating and recognizing testing laboratories and reviewing test reports.


The agreement fully preserves the authority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to determine the level of safety protection it considers appropriate, and in no way lowers current U.S. safety requirements.


Letter of Support from U.S. Governors Regarding Administration Trade Priorities

May 23, 2011


On Monday, U.S. Governors from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Main, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming sent a letter in support of the pending trade agreements to President Obama, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman John Boehner, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.


In an ever-competitive, global economy, it is important that the United States act on new and expanded trade agreements in order to achieve greater economic prosperity through international trade.  Three such agreements appear to be near at hand and we offer bipartisan support for the South Korean, Colombia, and Panamanian trade agreements.  In addition, we also encourage support for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and urge Congress to once again grant fast-track trade negotiation authority to the President.


Read more and find the original letter here.


Ask the Ambassador


U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is committed to addressing Americans’ concerns about trade. He wants to hear your thoughts about the Administration’s trade policy and current events at USTR.  Submit your questions here, and the Ambassador will answer select inquiries on theUSTR blog. Headlines

Watch Ambassador Demetrios Marantis’ Testimony before the Senate Finance Committee

May 26, 2011


Ambassador Demetrios Marantis testified before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss the U.S.-South Korea trade agreement.  You can review the hearing by video on the Committee’s website here.


Video: Ambassador Kirk on Small Businesses Benefiting from Trade at OECD

May 25, 2011


Ambassador Kirk is in Paris, France at the OECD Ministerial today.  Watch a short video here on how USTR is working to make it “cheaper, simpler, and faster” for American small businesses to export and grow.


Ambassador Kirk Meets with Trade Minister Pangestu of Indonesia

May 25, 2011


On Tuesday, Ambassador Kirk met with Trade Minister Mari Pangestu of Indonesia for a wide-ranging discussion of the bilateral trade relationship. They welcomed progress made in advancing the relationship between the two countries and agreed to hold the next meeting of the U.S.-Indonesia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in the next few months in Washington, D.C. Read more


Watch Ambassador Miriam Sapiro’s Testimony before the Senate Finance Committee

May 25, 2011


Ambassador Miriam Sapiro testified before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement.  You can review the hearing by video on the Committee’s website here.


About Alexander Gordin
An international merchant banking professional with over twenty years of business operating and advisory experience in the areas of export finance, international project finance, risk mitigation and cross-border business development. Clients include foreign governments, municipalities and state enterprises as well as Fortune 500 and small/medium enterprises. Strong entrepreneurial instincts, combined with leadership and strategic skills. Transactional and negotiations experience in over thirty five countries. Author of the highly acclaimed "Fluent in Foreign Business" book and creator of the "Fluent in OPIC", "Fluent in EXIM","Fluent In Foreign Franchising", "Fluent in FCPA",and "Fluent in USTDA" seminar/webinar series. Currently developing "Fluent In ......" seminars and publications. Co-author of the Fi3 Country Business Appeal Indices. Extensive international business development and project finance transaction experience in healthcare, aerospace, ICT, conventional and alternative energy infrastructure, distribution and hospitality industries. Experience managing international public and private corporations. Co-Founded three companies abroad. Strong Emerging and Frontier Market expertise. Published and featured in numerous publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Knowledge@Wharton,, The Chicago Tribune, Industry Week, Industry Today, Business Finance, Wharton Magazine Blog, NY Enterprise Report, Success magazine, Kyiv Post and on a number of radio and television programs including: Voice of America, CNBC, CNNfn, and Bloomberg. Frequent speaker on strategy, cross-border finance and international business development. Executive MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. B.S. in Management of Information Systems from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Specialties Strategic Management Advisory, Export Finance, International Project Finance & Risk Management, Cross-border Negotiations, Structured Finance transactions, Senior Government and Corporate officials liason

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