U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications [Updated January 24, 2005] [open pdf - 143KB]
"The overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy has been relatively small, primarily because two-way trade with Mexico amounts to less than three percent of U.S. GDP. The most significant trade issues that the United States and Mexico are focusing on in 2005 include agricultural products, the trucking industry, and rules of origin. Over the last decade, the economic relationship between the United States and Mexico has strengthened significantly. The two countries continue to cooperate on issues of mutual concern. On March 23, 2005, President Bush met with President Fox and Prime Minister Martin of Canada to discuss issues related to North American trade, immigration and defense. After the meeting, the three leaders announced the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) in which they seek to establish a cooperative approach to advance their common security and prosperity; develop a common security strategy; and promote economic growth, competitiveness, and quality of life. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32934