English, News

Antidumping Investigation on Aluminum foil in Coil from China

28 Aug , 2018  

Today, the Mexican Ministry of Economy initiated an antidumping investigation on aluminum foil in coil (Official Gazette). Below please find a summary of the main aspects of this investigation:

  1. Product Description: Aluminum foil in coil for domestic use and/or industrial with a thickness equal or less than .080 mm, without support, rolled but not further worked, with an external diameter equal or greater than 100mm with a weight greater than 5 kg.
  2. Mexican HTS: 11.01
  3. Petitioner: Almexa Aluminio, S.A. de C.V.
  4. Period of Analysis of Injury: January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2017.
  5. Period of Investigation: January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017
  6. Date to submit Questionnaire: October 5, 2018
  7. Dumping Methodology: Mexican Ministry is considering China as a non-market economy and, thus, it is using the United States as a surrogate country.

For information regarding the Chinese exporters listed in the Notice of Initiation, please access the following document:VTZ – Antidumping Investigation from Aluminum from China

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English, News

VTZ celebrates its 45th Anniversary

20 Aug , 2018  

A day like today, but in 1973, Héctor Vázquez Tercero founded Vázquez Tercero y Asociados, so we are celebrating our 45th anniversary.

While at its onset the firm focused on industrial policy, investment, and trade-control matters, it later shifted its practice exclusively to international trade matters when Mexico began opening its economy in the mid-80’s.



In 2011, Vázquez Tercero y Asociados joined forces with Eduardo Zepeda, and Vázquez Tercer y Zepeda (VTZ) was the result of such synergy.

In our 45th anniversary, VTZ now has seven offices in Mexico’s most dynamic cities and in the northern border, and it is recognized as a leading law firm in trade and customs matters.



VTZ a “Top Ranked” firm in Chambers

10 Aug , 2018  

Chambers, VTZ, Best Mexican Law Firm, Top Mexican Layers, Trade, Customs WTO, Band 1

One of the Top Law Firms in Mexico

VTZ  a Band 1 Law Firm in International Trade & WTO Law Practice

In Chambers and Partners‘ Latin American 2019 Guide, Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) is listed in Band 1 in the International Trade/WTO Law practice in Mexico. For the past six years, VTZ has established itself as a leading law firm within this ranking.

Top Law Firm in Mexico, International Trade, Customs, Best Mexican Lawyers in TradeThis guide highlights VTZs’ work in the international trade practice, advising companies, local and multinational, in a wide array of matters, from antidumping investigations to maquiladora (IMMEX) industry.

Best Mexican Lawyers in Trade

In addition, two VTZ partners are listed as leading lawyers and individuals in the field of International Trade/WTO Law:



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English, Publications


24 Jul , 2018  

Our partner, Mariana Malváez, has contributed to Thomson Reuters Practical Law, in which she responded to a Q&A guide concerning the “Sale and storage of goods in Mexico”.

This guide covers key matters relating to sale of goods contracts, including:
  • Legislative framework.
  • Rules on formation.
  • Price and payment.
  • Delivery.
  • Passing of title and risk.
  • Enforcement and remedies.
  • Exclusion of liability.
  • Choice of law and jurisdiction.
  • Arbitration.
  • Reforms that could affect sale of goods contracts and storage of goods in Mexico.

It also provides an overview of the rules governing storage of goods.

 To access the guide, click the following link:  “Sale and storage of goods in Mexico“.

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English, News

Again in Reuters: International trade in goods and services in Mexico

16 Jul , 2018  

Vazquez Tercero & Zepeda (VTZ) have contributed for the second time with Thomas Reuters Practical Law in the guide regarding International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.

Our Managing Partner, Adrián Vázquez, as well as our associates, Mariana Malvaez and Emilio Arteaga, responded to a Q&A guide that covers key matters relating to the regulation of international trade in Mexico, such as

  • Recent Trends, e.g. Mexico’s presidential elections;
  • Trade agreements and negotiations; e.g. the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Trade Agreement (CPTPP)
  • Rules relating to the supply of services;
  • Imports and exports requirements;
  • Trade remedies; and
  • International trade restrictions.

To access the guide, click the following link: International Trade in Goods and Services in Mexico.

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English, Reports

Mexico strikes back: Countermeasures

5 Jun , 2018  

Secretaría de Economía, Precios estimados, Subvaluación, sectores calzado, textil y confección, Secretaría de Bienestar, Zona Económica Especial, NOM-051, Información comercial y sanitaria, Etiquetado, alimentos y bebidas no alcohólicas preenvasados, Tratado de Libre Comercio, México, Panamá, Certificado de origen, Devolución de aranceles, Instructivo de llenado, COVID-19, Plazos, Términos,Prácticas desleales de comercio internacional, UPCI, Dirección General de Facilitación Comercial y de Comercio Exterior (DGFCCE), certificados de elegibilidad para bienes textiles y prendas de vestir (TPL) y certificados de cupo, SNICE, Colombia, bienes textiles y del vestido, IMPI, Alianza del Pacífico, Cosméticos, Eliminación de Obstáculos Técnicos al Comercio, Emergencia Sanitaria, Actividades esenciales, Investigación antidumping

Today, the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, issued two Decrees that adopted countermeasures against the United States (US) as a result of the US tariffs applied to aluminum and steel imports from Mexico. Most Mexican countermeasures come into effect today.

Mexico has adopted a strong position against the US, selecting a wide range of products from pork to steel products, which may be adjusted through time.

Further, Mexico raised its Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariffs temporarily for a list of selected steel products.

Mexico’s trade measures can be classified as follows:

  1. Steel and Aluminum Products
  2. Pork Meat and Cheese
  3. Other Products

VTZ prepared a report about the recent events, available in the following link: VTZ Report: Mexico – Countermeasures

  1. DECRETO por el que se modifica la Tarifa de la Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importación y de Exportación, el Decreto por el que se establece la Tasa Aplicable durante 2003, del Impuesto General de Importación, para las mercancías originarias de América del Norte y el Decreto por el que se establecen diversos Programas de Promoción Sectorial.
  2. ACUERDO mediante el cual se da a conocer el cupo para importar, con el arancel-cupo establecido, carne de cerdo fresca, refrigerada y congelada.

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English, News

ELSA WTO Moot Court & Harvard Law

19 Apr , 2018  

In the Harvard Law Today it was published that the Harvard Law team won the American Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court, where our Managing Partner, Adrián Vázquez Benítez, was invited to attend as panelist.

For more information:  Adrian Vázquez: Panelist in the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition.

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The International Economic Law Group – Universidad de los Andes

17 Apr , 2018  

On April 12th, our managing partner, Adrián Vázquez Benítez, was invited to participate in the launching of the International Economic Law Group (or Grupo en Derecho Internacional Económico (GDIEC))  in Bogota, Colombia.

The GDIEC, which has the institutional support of the Universidad de los Andes, aims at studying the central aspects of international economic law, including the laws of the World Trade Organization, the law of economic integration, investment law and international monetary law.

In this event, there was a panel that was formed by the following members: :

  • Nicolás Torres, Chief Negotiator of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce;
  • Maria Eugenia Mesa, advisor of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce;
  • Santiago Wills, head of the international trade and investment practice in Lewin y Wills; and
  • Ricardo Ramírez, a former appellate body member.

It was discussed in the panel the recent measures of the USA and China, the impasse in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO (in particular the Appellate Body), as well as the risks towards multilateralism.


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English, News


27 Mar , 2018  

Our Managing Partner Adrián Vázquez  participated as a panelist in the American Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition, organized by ELSA. This prestigious international competition involves a simulation of a commercial dispute in the Dispute Settlement System of the World Trade Organization, and that took place at the American University in Washington, D.C. from 21 to 25 March.

Nicolas Torres, Santiago Wills, Jesse Kieler, Ricardo Ramirez, Judith Czaka, Adrian Vazquez (Left to Right)

Besides our partner, other internationally recognized experts in WTO Law participated as panelists, for instance, Ricardo Ramirez and Jennifer Hillman, former Appellate Body members of the WTO, and Santiago Wills, Colombian trade lawyer. In this round, the law-student teams from prestigious and high-quality universities analyzed the assigned case and exposed their arguments in front of the panelists.

The 22 best teams in the world, four of the American continent, will have the opportunity to participate in the Final Round that will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Annelies Winborne, Jeffery Frank, Jennifer Hillman, Chip Roh, Ravi Soopramanien and Marissa Goldstein (Left to Right)


In this sixteenth edition, the case was Borginia– Measures Affecting Trade in Textile Products that is about trade and environmental issues as well as the implementation of mitigation programs, involving labels and the payment of taxes/import duties based on carbon emissions.

This is the second time that our Managing Partner, Adrian Vázquez, is invited to participate in this prestigious competition as a panelist. Adrian Vázquez is on the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental experts who may sit on WTO dispute panels since March 2011.

In Vázquez Tercero & Zepeda, we hope that in the next edition more Mexican universities participate, and take it seriously.

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English, Publications

VTZ publishes an International Trade Practice Guide in Chambers.

21 Mar , 2018  

Chambers 2018, VTZ, Top Mexican Law Firm, International Trade, Customs

International Trade Practice Guide

In Chambers and Partners our members, Adrián B. VázquezEmilio Arteaga Vázquez y Mariana Malváez Peralta,  published a Practice Guide about international trade remedies, i.e. antidumping, subsidies and safeguards.

Adrian B. Vazquez, Mariana Malváez, Emilio Arteaga, Top Mexican Lawyers, Trade, Best Law Firm

Mexican Trade Remedy System

Our members contributed to this prestigious International Guide explaining the trends of the Mexican legal system regarding trade remedy practice in a simple and summarized fashion; for instance, whether a country is a market economy or not. The Practice Guide is available at the following link:

Practice Guide: International Trade Mexico 2018

Visit our other Guides (Reuters)

VTZ also contributed to Reuters with another Practice Guide about the International Trade of Goods and Services Regime in Mexico, which is available at the following link: VTZ: International Trade of Goods and Services

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