Import rules, regulations and customs in Mexico Mexico's quality standards and regulations:
Mexico's customs laws are very strict about the proper submission and preparation of customs documents, and sometimes mistakes in paperwork can lead to fines or even confiscation of contraband. When shipping your goods to Mexico, you must be aware of the following documents: Single Administrative Document (DUA), Commercial Invoice (three copies, in writing, preferably in Spanish), Phytosanitary Certificate for fruits, vegetables and seeds, Sanitary Certificate for meat, Form EUR1 Benefit at Preferential Prices (for EU exports), Certificate of Radioactive Contamination (especially for dairy products), Mexican Ministry of Health issued Certificate of free trade in cosmetics and documents related to transport and packing lists.
For textile and footwear imports, you must register the textile and footwear products in Padrón.
For imports of steel products, import notification must be provided to the Mexican government at least five days prior to shipment and must include: invoices, complete supplier information and other documentation.
Commodities restricted and prohibited in Mexico:
Goods that would harm the health of the community, public safety, Mexican workers, children or domestic plant and animal life are considered restricted and prohibited.
Prohibited means that goods are prohibited by law from entering Mexico. The following are some examples of prohibited goods: dangerous toys, cars that cannot protect occupants in a collision, bush meat or illegal substances (such as absinthe and Rohypnol), narcotics and some addictive drugs, live fish, images representing children in a degrading or absurd manner, use of clothing, firearms and ammunition, explosives, toxic and dangerous products.
Restrictions refer to goods such as certain fruits and vegetables, animal products, animal by-products and some animals that require a special permit or license from a federal agency before being allowed to enter Mexico.
The top 10 goods imported into Mexico in 2018 are: electrical machinery and equipment, machinery including computers, mineral fuels including petroleum, vehicles, plastics and plastic products, medical devices, steel, iron and steel products, organic chemicals, and aluminum.
There are various options for transporting goods in Mexico. The mode of transportation is an important aspect that must be evaluated when you plan your shipment (cost, urgency of shipment, value of the goods, and size and weight of the package). Each transportation method has advantages and disadvantages.
When planning your shipment, you must prioritize your needs, understand the process and compare costs. By choosing the right shipping method, you can significantly optimize your cargo flow.
After choosing your freight forwarder, the cooperation between the two parts will begin. An experienced Sino-Mexican freight specialist will have excellent communication skills and will understand all your requirements, including time, budget and mode of transport.