The Impact of NAFTA on the United States Computer Industry: Why Trade Reforms Will Spark Increased Exports to Mexico


Michelle A. Kaiser


VOL. XII • October 1993 • NO. 3 (table of contents)

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This article focuses on computer industry trade barriers in Mexico that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will eliminate. The two trade barriers that have caused problems for the U.S. in exporting computer products and services into Mexico are high protective tariffs and software piracy. NAFTA is needed by American vendors and manufacturers of computer products and services in order to keep from remaining as outsiders to Mexico’s market. This comment first discusses the background on trade relations between the United States and Mexico. It then demonstrates why NAFTA is essential to increased computer exports into Mexico, which includes a demonstration of the impact of the existing Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada (FTA) upon the U.S. computer industry. The conclusion of this comment is that NAFTA is crucial to the gradual elimination of import tariffs, and the solid enforcement of copyright protection in Mexico. NAFTA’s trade reforms will increase computer exports into Mexico and will make the NAFTA trading block a leader among its international counterparts.

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