Moving manufacturing from China to Mexico

Leaving China for Mexico: Lessons from the Ground

Leaving China for Mexico and alternative manufacturing destinations has been on every CEO’s mind for years. A couple of weeks ago, I joined a trade delegation to Mexico City and Guadalajara, led by Utah Governor Spencer Cox. This was the first trade delegation to Mexico by any U.S. governor since Covid rocked the world, and

China sinking

This is China . . .

This is China. The data points tell us where China is heading and they are saying that its economy is tanking as it continues to decouple.

China COVID lockdowns

The Real Meaning of COVID-zero.

I got an email from a friend/client yesterday and I liked it so much I got his approval to run it, lightly edited to strip out any possible identifiers and with links added. This friend/client runs what was for a long time a very successful manufacturing business in China. He owns and operates a company

INTA Conference China

Lockdowns and China Service Providers

In recent months, the lockdowns brought on by China’s attempts to achieve zero-COVID have wreaked havoc on China’s manufacturing base and its supply chains. See The China Supply Chain Nightmare: It Is Time to Panic. But it’s not just manufacturing that is suffering. As I confirmed during a recent conference, China’s service providers are also

China NNN Agreements

China NNN Agreements: Essential and NOT for Trade Secrets

When my law firm’s international manufacturing lawyers  work on international manufacturing arrangements, we never just draft a “straight NDA.” Instead, we draft a “non-disclosure/non-use/non-circumvention agreement” that we refer to as an NNN Agreement. Why? Because a Western-style NDA is worthless or worse for China. For China, you need a China-specific NNN Agreement. 1. China NNN

China Employee Problem

China Employee Problems Rising

China employee problems are increasing. We explain how to prevent such problems from occuring and how to nip them in the bud when they do.