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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English, News

VTZ top-ranked in Global Guide of Chambers and Partners

15 Feb , 2018  

VTZ, one of the best law firms in Mexico, international trade,

VTZ a Top Law Firm in Mexico: Chambers Global Guide 2018

Today, the 2018 Global Guide of Chambers and Partners was published and VTZ was ranked in Band 1 in the practice of International Trade/WTO Law!

According to Chambers, our team is known for

Standout player in the Mexican international trade arena, advising a distinguished clientele on trade remedies issues including high-profile anti-dumping cases. Remains highly active in the steel and chemical industries, representing both local clients and foreign multinationals with a particular focus upon advising prominent Asian companies.”

Two Top Trade Lawyers

Furthermore, three VTZ members appear as noticeable practitioners.

Adrian B. Vázquez

In Band 1, Adrián Vázquez is listed and described as an “eminence in the trade remedies field.”

Adrian B. Vázquez, one of the best trade lawyers in Mexico, VTZ, Vázquez Tercero Zepeda

Eduardo Zepeda

Our Partner, Eduardo Zepeda, appears in Band 4 and he is described as a solid lawyer, particularly, in the maquiladora (IMMEX) industry and with strong litigation capabilities.

Eduardo Zepeda, One of the Best Customs Lawyers in Mexico according to Guides, Vazquez Tercero Zepeda

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English, News

Antidumping Investigation on Polyester Staple Fiber from China

6 Feb , 2018  

Today, the Ministry of Economy launched an anti-dumping investigation on Polyester Staple Fiber from China, using the analagous country methodology to determine “dumping”.

  1. Investigated Product: Polyester Staple Fiber (or PSF) with a range greater than 1 denier and lower or equal to 3.2 denier and a tenacity lower than 6.9 grams per denier; excluding dyed fiber from any color (including black) and fiber that is low melt or with silicon.
  2. Mexican Tariff Codes: 5503.20.01 and 5503.20.99
  3. Petitioner: DAK Resinas Américas México, S.A. de C.V. (DAK)
  4. Dumping Methodology: Mexico is recurring to the analogous country methodology, United States of America as surrogate country.
  5. Period of Dumping Investigation: July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.
  6. Period of Injury Analysis: July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017.
  7. Date to Respond: March 15, 2018 (an extension may be requested).

For information regarding the exporters listed in the Notice of Initiation, please access the following document: VTZ – PSF from China -06022018



English, News

VTZ member to attend the WTO Ministerial Conference at Buenos Aires, Argentina

8 Dec , 2017  

Our partner, Adrian B. Vázquez, will attend the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December 10 to 13, 2017.

Adrian B. Vazquez has been accreditted as an NGO representative, representing the Asociación de Consultores en Prácticas Comerciales Internacionales, A.C.

You can follow him on Twitter (@vtalaw) during the Ministerial Conference.

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English, News

Best Lawyers: Two VTZ members listed!

4 Dec , 2017  

Best Lawyers, a guide about lawyers, just issued its new edition of Mexico and two VTZ members, Adrian Vázquez and Eduardo Zepeda, were listed in the field of Trade Law as the “Best Lawyers”.

This is another guide, in addition to Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500, that confirms VTZ and its members as distinguished players in the field of international trade and customs.

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