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Our primary offices are located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103

 

For Inquiries:

duqsbdc@duq.edu

 

Brent Rondon

Manager, Global Business Program

(412) 396-5670

rondon@duq.edu

 

Megan Thompson

Research Assistant, Global Business Program

(412) 396-1635

thomps35@duq.edu

Geography

 

Location:

North America; bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; between Guatemala and the United States; bordering the North Pacific Ocean

Area:

Total – 1,964,375 sq km

Comparison to the World – 14

Land – 1,943,945 sq km

Water – 20,430 sq km

Land Boundaries:

Total – 4,353 km

Border countries - Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km,          US 3,141km

Climate:

Varies from tropical to desert

Natural Resources:

Petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

Natural Hazards:

Tsunamis along the Pacific coast

Volcanoes and destructive earthquakes in the center and south

Hurricanes on the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean coasts

 

Population and Society

 

Size: 120,286,655 (July 2014 est.)

Comparison to World: 12

Major urban areas:

 

          Mexico City (Capital) – 20.446 million

          Guadalajara – 4.525 million

Monterrey – 4.213 million

Puebla – 2.335 million

Tijuana – 1.82 million

Toluca de Lerdo – 1.748 million (2011)

Ethnic Groups:

 

          Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) – 60%

Amerindian (or predominantly Amerindian) –  30%

          White – 9%

Other – 1%

Languages:

 

          Spanish only 92.7%

Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%

Indigenous only 0.8%

Unspecified 0.8%

Literacy:

 

          Age 15 and over can read and write

          Total population – 93.5%

Unemployment (youth ages 15-24):

          Total – 9.4%

          Comparison to the world – 113

Government

Capital:

Mexico City

Time difference:

          1 hour behind Washington DC (during Standard Time)

Independence Day:

September 16, 1810 (declared)—National Holiday

September 27, 1821 (recognized by Spain)

Legal System:

Civil law system with US constitutional law influence

Judicial review of legislative acts

Executive Branch:

          President – Enrique Pena Nieto (since December 1, 2012)

Cabinet – Attorney general, the head of the Bank of Mexico, and senior treasury officials require consent of the Senate appointed by the president

Elections:

President elected by popular vote for a single six-year term Election last held on 1 July 2012 (next to be held in July 2018)

 

Economy

 

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity):

$1.845 Trillion

          Comparison to the World: 11

GDP growth rate:

1.2 % (2013 est.)         

GDP (goods and services):

Exports – 31.2%

Imports – -33.8% (2013 est.)

GDP composition by sector of origin:

          Agriculture – 3.6%

          Industry – 36.6%

          Services – 59.8 % (2013 est.)

Agricultural Products:

Corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products

Industries:

Food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism

Industrial Production Growth Rate:

3.5% (2013 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

          4.9% (2013 est.)

Budget:

Revenues – $291.2 billion

Expenditures – $324.1 billion (2013 est.)

Exports:

          Revenue – $370.9 billion (2013 est.)

Commodities – Manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton

Partners – US 78% (2012)

Imports:

Revenue – $370.7 billion (2013 est.)

Commodities – Metalworking machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, car parts for assembly, repair parts for motor vehicles, aircraft, and aircraft parts

Partners – US 49.9%, China 15.4%, Japan 4.8% (2012)

 

Energy

Electricity:

 

          Production – 296 billion kWh (2012 est.)

          Consumption – 212.3 billion kWh (2010 est.)

          Exports – 1.286 billion kWh (2012 est.)

          Imports – 603 million kWh (2012 est.)

Crude Oil:

          Production – 2.936 million bbl/day (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world – 9

Exports – 1.46 million bbl/day (2010 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 11

          Imports – 0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

                               Comparison to the world: 98

Proved reserves – 10.26 billion bbl (January 1, 2013 est.)

  Comparison to the world: 18

Refined Petroleum Products:

          Production – 1.364 million bbl/day (2010 est.)

    Comparison to the world: 14

          Exports – 189,100 bbl/day (2010 est.)

        Comparison to the world: 32

Imports – 607,400 bbl/day (2010 est.)

        Comparison to the world: 10

Natural Gas:

          Production – 53.96 billion cu m (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 18

Exports – 11 million cu m (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 51

          Imports – 17.24 billion cu m (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 22

          Proved Reserves – 487.7 billion cu m (January 1, 2013 est.)

                                Comparison to the world: 32

 

Transportation

 

Airports – 1,714 (2013)

          Comparison to the world: 3

          With paved runways: 243

          With unpaved runways: 1, 471

Heliports – 1 (2013)

Pipelines –

Gas: 18,074 km

Liquid Petroleum: 2,102 km

Oil: 8,775 km

Oil/gas/water: 369 km

Refined products: 7,565 km

Water: 123 km (2013)

Railways –

          Total: 17,166 km

          Comparison to the World: 16

Roadways –

          Total: 377,660 km

          Comparison to the world: 18

Paved: 137,544 km (includes 7,176 km of expressways)

Unpaved: 240,116 km (2012)

Waterways –

2,900 km (navigable rivers and coastal canals mostly connected with ports on the country's east coast) (2012)

Ports and Terminals –

Major seaport(s): Altamira, Coatzacoalcos, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Salina Cruz, Veracruz

Oil terminals: Cayo Arcas terminal, Dos Bocas terminal