Webinar: Doing Business in Mexico

January 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Benjamin Chou


This FREE webinar provides the fundamentals of exporting to Mexico. The webinar will cover demographics, market, economy, agriculture, key economic drivers, best prospects, key sectors, including food, business culture and trade missions.Trade Statistics of 2014 indicate that California’s top export markets continue to be Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea.


Allison Mello, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service – Allison Mello joined the Department of Commerce in early 2014 and has been posted in Mexico City since September 2014. Her portfolio includes varied sectors from aviation to safety and security equipment to consumer goods and pet foods. During her tenure in Mexico City she has been actively engaged in numerous advocacy cases, inbound trade delegations (three of which were Governor-led), and interagency initiatives of Mission Mexico. Prior to joining the Foreign Commercial Service she worked for the California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) where she counseled small- and medium-sized enterprises that were new to export. On behalf of the CITD network she also worked with California USEACs to plan and successfully implement international conferences and trade missions. She is a graduate of U.C., San Diego and has been a North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) since 2012

Julio Maldonado, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service – Julio Maldonado, a native of Washington DC grew up the son of a diplomat serving in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Economics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Masters of Science a the University of Pennsylvania, he attended Post-Graduate studies in Political Development at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, International Agribusiness Studies in Israel and International Management in Sweden. He worked in the private sector for twenty years in both the energy and agricultural sectors. He joined the Foreign Agricultural Service in 2004 and entered the Foreign Service in 2007. His first assignment was to the Middle East from 2008-2012 where he represented US agriculture as Regional Attache in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Libya, and Palestine. He has served in Washington DC at the Office of Trade Programs and is presently Acting Director of the Agricultural Trade Office in Mexico City where he lives since 2014 with his wife Lyn.