Bangladesh Mexico Trade and Economic Relationship

Mexico is Bangladesh’s important trading partner. Bangladesh’s export to Mexico is rising since the opening of its diplomatic mission in 2012. In 2017, two-way trade between both nations amounted to US$274.7 million. Bangladesh exported worth $ 252.52 million, with more that 90 percent being the clothing items. From Mexico perspective, however, Bangladesh is a small trading partner.

Export to Mexico: In Bangladeshi export basket to Mexico is dominated by the apparels. The other major export items include cotton, textiles, footwear and leather products.
Major Imports from Mexico: Bangladesh’s major imports from Mexico include – medicine, beer, tequila.

Investment Opportunities
Investment Attractiveness of Bangladesh:

  • Largely homogenous society
  • Democratic country with broad  support for market oriented economic policies
  • Steady 6+ GDP growth for the last ten years
  • Abundant supply of disciplined, easily trainable and low–cost work force with increasing supply of professionals, technologists, mid and low level skilled workers.
  • Training expenditure of the employer is exempted from income tax.
  • English proficiency of the workers in general
  • Active encouragement for Foreign Private Investment with legal protection – Foreign Private Investment (Promotion and Protection Act 1980)
  • Bangladesh exports enjoy EBA (Everything but Arms) to EU and GSP in most of the developed countries including Japan and Australia.
  • Bangladesh has bilateral agreements to avoid double taxation with 31 countries including China.
  • 4621 Bangladeshi products enjoy duty free and quota free access to Chinese market.

Investment Facilities –fiscal and non-fiscal:

  • Repatriation of dividend and full capital at exit
  • Foreign investment enjoys 5 years of tax holidays in Dkaha and Chittagong divisions while 07 years in other places
  • Duty free imports of machineries and spares for 80% or more exporting industries
  • Up to 90% loan facilities against letter of credits
  • Cash incentives and export subsidies of selected products ranges

Trade Policy of Bangladesh
Export Policy: The Export Policy 2012-15 is targeted to have a liberalized trade regime, encouraging labor intensive export-oriented production, augmenting productivity and diversification of products.

Import Policy: The Import Policy Order, 2012-2015 has been issued in exercise of the powers conferred by the section 3(1) of the Import and Export (Control) Act 1950.

Important Links
National Board of Revenue Bangladesh:
Board of Investment Bangladesh:
Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh:
Bangladesh Bank:
Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh