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The Nuts & Bolts of Manufacturing in Mexico and More...

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On December 31, 2018, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador published a special decree some border adjustment tax) for businesses operating in the Northern Border Zone in Mexico, sometimes referred to as the “Free Zone.” The new decree aims to attract new investments and create jobs. The new decree went into effect on January 1, 2019 and goes through the year 2020.

“It is a very important project for winning investment, creating jobs and taking advantage of the economic strength of the United States,” said President Lopez Obrador while visiting Monterrey, in the Northern Mexican state of Nuevo León.

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What are the typical shifts in Mexico?

The work week in Mexico at a maquiladora is six days a week, typically Monday to Saturday. Compared to the United States, the addition of the sixth workday means increased productivity each week. Shifts can also be spread through Monday to Friday scheme by increasing daily work hours and still reach 48 hours per week for the day shift. Shifts are most commonly divided up like this:

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Our CPI Shelter Program is the most cost-effective way to expand manufacturing operations to Mexico. That being said, we understand the time and capital investment required on your end to consider opening your own facility. That’s where our Contract Manufacturing Program comes in.

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