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SOME ADVICE ABOUT MEXICAN CUSTOMS

The Mexican customs authorities are strict about importation documentation and procedures. Be sure to have all proper documentation included with the shipment. If your product qualifies for NAFTA status and you are completing a NAFTA certificate of origin, some frequent mistakes made by U.S. exporters include incomplete importer/exporter information and lack of detailed descriptions of the shipment. These can slow down your shipment.

If you are unsure of where to start, let the Mexico Business Information Center (BIC) help. The Mexico BIC is comprised of trade specialists that have expertise about the Mexico market . Review the getting started page and then contact us via email with your Mexico export questions at mexicobic@trade.gov

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Tip #1

In almost all cases, the Mexican buyer is responsible for obtaining permits, making payments to Mexican authorities, and contracting a Mexican Custom Broker. Exporters should use an experienced freight forwarder and Mexican customs broker. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. The freight forwarder and/or customs broker can also detect problems before the product crosses into Mexico and, in many cases, can correct the problem. Final import approval of any product is subject to the importing country's rules and regulations as interpreted by border officials at the time of product entry.

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Tip #2

The Mexican Customs Bureau reports that one of the most common mistakes U.S. exporters make relates to a lack of documentation. Other issues that can result in the detention or rejection of shipments include violation of sanitary and phytosanitary requirements and non-compliance with labeling regulations.

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If you have specific questions about customs and documentation issues, ASK MANNY! Manuel Velazquez, a Commercial Specialist in our Monterrey office counsels U.S. companies on a daily basis in the customs and shipping areas. He can be reached at manuel.velazquez@trade.gov or +52-81-8047-3124

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