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Guadalajara, Mexico, Is a Leading Portal for Exporting Goods to Trading Partners via Air

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air freightAccording to ProMéxico, the trade and investment arm of the Mexican government, Guadalajara has led Mexico in handling the country’s exports via air 5 out of the 7 years from 2007 through 2013 (complete data for 2014 is still unavailable), as indicated by the value of goods passing through customs (in millions USD). Guadalajara has only fallen second to Mexico City twice, in 2011 and 2013, and then not really by much. This for a city that is by some estimates but a quarter to a third of Mexico City’s size in terms of population. Monterrey, in Nuevo León, is usually a distant third. As for exports by road or by railroad, a massive collective amount of goods travels to trading partners via these means through Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which has led the pack in both categories year after year. Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, has been the annual leader where it comes to shipping goods by sea. These are just some stats to keep in mind as you contemplate international business with Mexico. See the following infographic for all the figures.

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How Guadalajara, Mexico, Placed in the EIU’s Latin American Green City Index of 2010, with Updates

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Grass in the StreetIn 2010, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by Siemens, put out a study entitled the Latin American Green City Index in which the environmental performance of 17 select cities in the region were analyzed. As an interesting aside, some 81% of the Latin American population lived in cities as of the publication of the study. The EIU assessment was spread across 8 categories: Energy and CO2, Land Use and Buildings, Transport, Waste, Water, Sanitation, Air Quality, and Environmental Governance. Quantitative and qualitative measures were used to rank each city, and Guadalajara (along with Lima, Peru) ended up at the bottom of the stack with an overall result of “well below average”. While that certainly doesn’t reflect well on the city, generally speaking, one must first realize there’s a problem before one can fix it. Another way to look at it is that there is a lot of room for improvement and opportunities to get involved for those who care to. Additionally, if you’re considering moving to Guadalajara, you’ll of course want to know what you might be getting into, and this study, its results, and any updates we provide here, can help with that.

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