Fastest-Growing Mexican Import Products

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Five of the 10 fastest-growing Mexican import products posted a triple digit gain in value from 2010 to 2014, with increases ranging from 116.5% for Mexico’s raw hides to 670% for collectibles, art and antiques.

Overall, Mexican imports rose 32.7% over the 5-year period.

Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, which is better for looking at trends as opposed to uncovering opportunities at the more micro 8-digit code level.

Fastest-Growing Mexican Import Products

Listed below in descending order are the fastest-growing Mexican import products. Also shown is the percentage increase in value for an import product category from 2010 to 2014.

  1. Collector items, art, antiques: Up by 670% (US$66,109,000)
  2. Ships, boats: Up by 577.8% ($355,759,000)
  3. Railway, tram equipment: Up by 284.3% ($1,230,201,000)
  4. Zinc: Up by 116.6% ($182,130,000)
  5. Raw hides excluding furskins: Up by 116.5% ($1,164,592,000)
  6. Fish: Up by 89.8% ($739,149,000)
  7. Coffee, tea and spices: Up by 78.9% ($310,812,000)
  8. Furniture, lighting, signs: Up by 65.0% ($3,781,816,000)
  9. Feathers, artificial flowers, hair: Up by 61.7% ($40,995,000)
  10. Live trees and plants: Up by 60.6% ($124,047,000)


Paintings, drawings, pastels, sculptures and antiques were the major factors behind Mexico’s fastest-growing import product category, collector items, art and antiques.

Purchases of fishing vessels and factory ships was the top gainer for the second-place ships and boats category.

Locomotive parts led the railway and tram category to its third-place finish.

Miscellaneous zinc articles and unwrought zinc also posted significant sales increases from Mexican importers.

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 14, 2015

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on May 14, 2015