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Current Trade Deficit:    
Two Decades After NAFTA, Mexico Still Hooked on U.S. Market
Alan Tonelson
Monday, February 25, 2013
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Share of Mexican exports sold to U.S. at NAFTA implementation (1994):  88%

Number of trade agreements Mexico has signed:  44 (with 12 countries)

Share of Mexican exports sold to U.S. today:  82%

(Sources: “Analysis: Mexico sees life beyond U.S. export market,” by Dave Graham and Michael O’Boyle, Reuters, November 20, 2011,; “How Mexico Got Back in the Game,” by Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, February 23, 2013,; and “Mexico Exports,”,

Alan Tonelson is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business & Industry Educational Foundation and the author of The Race to the Bottom: Why a Worldwide Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards (Westview Press).