COVID-19 Trade Impact: Mexico Shuts Down Nonessential Businesses

April 2, 2020 | The Toy Association is issuing a new alert to members of new business-impacting order in Mexico as a result of COVID-19:

On Tuesday, April 1, Mexico issued a new decree shutting down non-essential businesses including manufacturing until April 30. While The Toy Association is currently working to get additional information and guidance, at this time, Mexican toy manufacturers are shutting down production.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has provided an unofficial translation of the decree and an unofficial translation of a presentation, which offers some guidance on the terms of the decree.

The Toy Association has also drafted a letter to send to the Government of Mexico requesting flexibility to allow toy manufacturers to remain open.

“While the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the toy supply chain is still unknown, the closure of non-essential businesses in Mexico means yet another critical production hub for U.S. toy companies is down at a time when play has become that much more essential for families,” said Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs at The Toy Association. “The Toy Association is engaging with U.S. and Mexican government officials to urge thoughtful flexibility in their approach to these critical suppliers. As these emerging trade issues develop, we will continue to provide the latest trade developments as they unfold and support our members through advocacy and government outreach.”