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Import Documentation

The Mexican government discourages dumping of goods into their market. In order to discourage dumping practices, they have established anti-dumping duties.

Below is a partial list of commodities from the "Diario Oficial" (official document) that are subject to anti-dumping duties when they are made in the People's Republic of China. All commodities listed in the "Diario Oficial" must have an original Certificate of Origin to verify that the commodity is not manufactured in China. Failure to provide a Certificate of Origin will result in anti-dumping duties. The exact percentage of duty may vary depending on the specific composition of the merchandise.

CommodityPercentage
Rate
Accessories made from animal fabrics,
including leather, etc. (e.g. purses,
belts, etc.)
533
Blankets, comforters and quilts379
Clothing and accessories533
Door Locks181, 236
Shoes232, 323,
313, 1005
Sporting and recreational goods351
Certificates of origin are optional in most cases.

For shipments which are imported under a quota, a certificate of origin is required.

Many trade agreements accept the origin as listed on the commercial invoice, but some require additional documentation which could include a specific certificate of origin.

NAFTA claims requires a NAFTA-specific certificate of origin.

For EU Trade Agreement claims over EU6000, an Authorized Exporter Number must also be attained to receive duty-free status and the certificate of origin must be presented as an original document, copies are not accepted.

The EUR1 certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR1)

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called approved exporter for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorised exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorisation are referred to as approved exporter. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorisation number which shall appear on the invoice declaration.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

For more information,please refer to Free Trade Agreements

Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to proof that his products fulfil the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs above.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

(Not applicable for U.S. to Puerto Rico or Puerto Rico to U.S.)

NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was established to allow preferential duty treatment for goods manufactured and shipped between the Customs territories of Canada, Mexico, and the United States (including Puerto Rico). The following information applies to commodities manufactured within the NAFTA region only.

For all commercial shipments over 1,000 USD, a completed NAFTA Certificate of Origin, supplied by the shipper, is required in order to qualify for a possible lower rate or elimination of duty.

In order for commercial shipments 1,000 USD or less to qualify for a possible lower rate or elimination of duty, the shipper must provide either:

  • A completed NAFTA Certificate of Origin, or
  • The NAFTA Statement on the commercial invoice.

The shipper also needs to print their name, title and date with a signature on the invoice.

Shipments importing to the U.S. for the sole purpose of personal use do not need the NAFTA Certificate of Origin or the NAFTA Statement "I hereby certify that the goods covered by this shipment qualifies as an originating good for purposes of preferential tariff treatment under the NAFTA." to qualify for NAFTA tariffs. If the goods are made in a NAFTA country or territory and the invoice states "personal use" the shipment will be processed under the NAFTA tariff codes. NAFTA does not exempt goods from Value Added Tax (in Mexico, IVA).

Certificates of Origin may be used for multiple importations of the same goods made in a period not exceeding one year from the issuance date of the Certificate. For more information, please see the following website:

http://www.sat.gob.mx/sitio_internet/aduana_mexico/importando_exportando/142_18126.html

Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

UPS can clear personal shipments (consigned to individuals) up to US$5000 per month per individual. These shipments are cleared in the name of UPS. Above US$5000 the customer will need to provide power of attorney and be legally registered as an importer/exporter in Mexico. UPS can clear business/commercial shipments (consigned to businesses) up to US$1000 per shipment. These shipments are cleared in the name of UPS. Above US$1000, the customer will need to provide power of attorney and be legally registered as an importer/exporter in Mexico. Mexico will now accept ATA Carnets for commercial samples, professional equipment and goods for exhibitions and fairs, but will restrict entry to 10 major ports.

Goods on Carnet will be allowed to stay in Mexico for a period of six months and may request an extension for an additional 6 months. Carnets entering Mexico must also be registered before arrival.

More information is available at www.merchandisepassport.org. Carnets, is an official document which permits certain commodities to be shipped between countries or territories without duties/taxes or posting of bonds for a specified period of time; usually no more than one year. It must accompany the shipment as it moves between countries or territories and must be signed by both the importing and exporting customs.

Customers may call an automated Hotline number to request information and/or an application form. The number to call is 1-800-5-DUTYFREE.

UPS is operating in a new Bonded Warehouse (Recinto Fiscalizado) in Tijuana since March 4, 2019.

Due to this change and to adhere to the provisions and the local regulations of the Tijuana Customs, we inform you that the following adjustments will be made, so that you can take the necessary precautions and adaptations in your operation.

These adjustments apply only when "UPS is not the customs broker":

1) IMPORT OPERATION.

Step 1

UPS will deliver the shipment to the "Matrix" warehouse and collect the Proof of Delivery (POD).

Step 2

The customs broker assigned by the client, must request the shipment in "Matrix" to perform the release process. Upon delivery to your customs broker, UPS is not responsible for delivery or additional costs incurred.

Step 3

The package is in the hands of your customs broker, so you can follow up directly with him.

1) EXPORT OPERATION.

Step 1

The customs broker assigned by you must go to the UPS Operating Center located in Mar Bermejo # 114, Col. Mesa de Otay to collect the packages.

Step 2

Your customs broker must present these packages to the Mexican customs to carry out the customs clearance of exports.

Step 3

Upon completion of the customs clearance for export at the Mexican Customs, the customs broker needs to return the packages to the UPS warehouse, located inside the Matrix Air Cargo warehouse at the Tijuana International Airport, before 4 pm. In order for UPS to receive the packages, they must be delivered with export entry and DODA.

For us it is very important to help our customers to establish effective import and export strategies, if you want UPS also has a customs clearance service, which gives you visibility from start to finish, if you need more information do not hesitate to contact your executive of account or to 01 800 PIDE UPS.

Customs may send a notice to the consignee for verification of shipment details if the shipment is dutiable and requires door-to-door delivery.

Missing Value
This indicates the consignee must provide either a Value Declaration form (sent to consignee with the Aviso) or a revised invoice for the package to clear Customs.

The maximum amount allowed for an import to be clear with a global pedimento* into Mexico is $5,000.00 usd for an individual person (no companies) and 1,000usd for companies. The authorities permit only this operation once a month. If the value of the shipment exceeds $5,000.00 or $1,000usd (depending the importer), the consignee will automatically be considered a regular importer and will be required to have an Import License and complete the following forms in Spanish:

  • Carta de Traduccion (translation letter)
  • Completo Desglose de Valores
  • Carta de Encomienda
  • Carta de no Comercializacion Personal Moral Prestacion de servicios Profesionales (enterprises)
  • Manifestacion de Valores en Aduana Declaracion de Flete (manifestation of value)

    If the consignee uses a UPS broker or any other Third Party Broker, all forms listed above are requested by customs. However, when using UPS Brokerage, the consignee does not pay higher fees due to transfer, handling, custody, transportation or warehouse. If a different broker is used, the forms must be completed and there will be higher broker fees. Goods that exceed US$1,000.00 will be subject to tariff restrictions.

    If the shipment is less than US$1,000.00 and the consignee does not have an Import License, the above forms must be completed in Spanish.

    "Non-regular" importers can not import merchandise manufactured in China.

    Mexico limits the quantity of the following commodities for import:

  • Clothes and accessories (including hats, socks, and scarves): limit 10 pieces
  • Computer equipment parts: limit 5 pieces of each type
  • Electric domestic items: limit 6 of each part
  • Fashion/costume jewelry: limit 20 pieces
  • Hand tools: limit 2 sets
  • Jewelry: limit 3 pieces
  • Motorcycles parts: limit 10 pieces
  • Records, cassettes, or CDs: limit 20 pieces
  • Shoes: limit 10 pairs
  • Sporting goods: limit 1 piece

    The Mexico government restricts imports of clothing made in the following countries or territories: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Below are limits for goods allowed to be imported by individuals without permit or other government agency Mexico limits the quantity of the following commodities for import: 1. Clothes and accessories (including hats, socks and scarves: limit 10 pieces. 2. Computer equipment parts: limit 5 pieces of each type 3. Electric domestic items: limit 6 of each part 4. Fashion/custom jewelry: limit 20 pieces 5. Jewelry: limit 3 pieces 6. Motorcycle parts: limit 10 pieces 7. Records, cassettes or CD's: limit 20 pieces 8. Shoes: limit 10 pairs 9. Sporting goods: limit 1 piece
    RFI's for shipments to Mexico:
    If ITT will not accept the Mexico postal code (when issuing a RFI only) use the following postal codes: 01000 or 15000. These postal codes can be used for imports and exports. Please reference the correct Mexico postal code in the remarks section of the RFI screen to get the postal code added to the system.
    Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight and import charges by this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

    Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Mexican law dictates that any importing item which may be considered counterfeit trademark goods or pirated copyright goods, will be held by the Mexican competent authorities until the importer demonstrates the authenticity of such item.

    Areas Served

    Service is provided to and from certain cities.

    Intra-Mexico UPS Services
    Domestic Express Saver Service is offered all over the country or territory; Domestic Express Plus 8:30 a.m. and Domestic Express 10:30 a.m. are available only to and from specific zip codes within main cities in Mexico. Shippers within Mexico may call the UPS toll free customer service line at 01-800-90-292-00 for more information regarding the Domestic Express Services. There is a Mexican imposed tariff (known as I.V.A.) for Mexico Domestic rates. Note: See details in the Mexico web page rate chart.

    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
    Spring -0600/ Fall -0600
    Spanish
    Mexican Nuevo Peso(MXN)
    For rate inquiry use (MEP)

    Billing Options

    • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
    • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
    • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
      • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
    • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

    Commodity Specific Stipulations

    There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Mexico. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

    The following is important when importing alcohol or wine into Mexico as a gift.

    There are no gift exemptions for Mexico. All goods going into Mexico are subject to the normal duty and tax rates.

    The consignee must present the following information for imports of wine or alcholic beverages:

    • Importer's license (Padron de Importadores)
    • 2nd Importer's license (Padron Sectorial)
    • Marbetes Tag for wine bottles (Issued by a Government dependency in Mexico)

    A Customs Broker must arrange clearance (either UPS broker or the importer's own broker). Alcoholic beverages are not a restricted commodity, but if the consignee cannot arrange clearance, then UPS will return any bottles that the contents are less than 24% of alcohol volume to the shipper. For bottles with more than 24% alcohol volume, UPS will abandon the shipment. These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service (Colombia & Tijuana)

    Cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are considered domesticated animals. All other animals are considered non-domesticated animals. Items or products made from non-domesticated animals are restricted in the UPS system and only allowed with a UPS ISC contract.CITES permit and additional restrictions may apply, please check with your local ISC Coordinator

    Accessories made from animal fabrics need a NAFTA certificate of origin if they are manufactured in the NAFTA region or certificate of origin stamped by the origin country or territory or a Mexican consulate if they are manufactured in a non-NAFTA region. They should also have permission from the secretary of Mexico natural resources (Semarnap). Products made from animals in risk of extinction are not allowed to be imported to Mexico.The shipper should also have permission from the Secretary of Mexico Natural Resources (Semarnap). You may not import into Mexico products made from animals at risk of extinction.

    Articles sent to Mexico for animal consumption (internal or external) require a pre-arrival permit from the Health Ministry (Sanidad). Non-compliant shipments will be returned to origin as requiered by the law.
    Books are not considered documents by Mexico customs.
    Catalogs are not considered documents by Mexico customs.
    Every person entering or leaving the country or territory and carrying amounts in cash, national or foreign checks, money orders or any other receivable document, including a combination of them, with a value higher than $10,000 USD or the equivalent currency or currencies in question, will be obligated to declare the amount to the customs authorities in the official forms approved by the SAT (Servicio de Administraci'n Tributaria). following link the approved form may be downloaded: Download the form at (Declaration on bringing and taking money in cash and/or securities format (Spanish & English)): http://www.sat.gob.mx/informacion_fiscal/normatividad/formas_fiscales/Paginas/declaraciones_comercio_exterior.aspx If the check is found by the authorities it will be confiscated and the consignee is subject to fines and penalties and can be subject to criminal prosecution.
    Chemical products require a technical letter attached to the product at time of delivery. Also, a tariff restriction for the product may apply. Chemical products can not be imported as samples.
    Mexico Customs is NOT going to clear CD as a letter or document; even with a declared value of zero dollars. Therefore, in order to clear a CD, it is necessary to generate a Pedimento Global (Official and Fiscal Mexican document.
    Computers can be imported no matter if they are used or new but they need to comply with a Mexican regulation on shipments above 1000.00 USD if applicable. Printers, monitors, mouse, CPU, keyboard, memory units, readers and scanners are allowed in for repair.

    Articles sent to Mexico for human consumption (internal or external) require a pre-permit from the Health Ministry (Sanidad). Non-compliant shipments will be returned to origin as required by law.
    Mexican customs requires the consignee to obtain a permit from the health department for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use. The health department will grant a personal one-time use for the consignee. If this permit is not presented, customs will not clear the shipment. These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service (Colombia & Tijuana)
    Electrical Products to Mexico require a NOM-003-SCFI-2014, ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS-SAFETY SPECIFICATIONS.

    The merchandise, according to its physical, technical and use characteristics, as well as according to the field of application of the aforementioned norm, if it is subject to compliance with that norm by presenting a certificate issued by an accredited laboratory.

    All fasteners, screws, nuts, washers, etc., must have the following elements listed on the invoice:
  • Specific name description
  • Specific dimensions
  • International identification code
  • Product weight in kilograms
    If these elements are not specified, shipments will be held in customs.
  • For import to Mexico:

    A permit is required to ship non-perishable foods to Mexico. Prior to shipping, the permit must be obtained by the consignee from the Department of Health in Mexico or by the shipper from the Mexican Embassy.

    All the Food supplements without Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk permit (COFEPRIS) cannot be cleared for any Mexican Customs.

    Importing cigars/cigarettes made of chocolate is forbidden

    Sweets (Candy, Cookies, Chocolate, etc)
    Food sold as sweets have additional taxes imposed by the government. To comply with classification, the invoice should list the percentage of sugar of the total product. For example, a candy bar may be 70% sugar by weight. It is also required as part of the Mexican marking requirements.

    Candy Cigarettes (chocolate, sugar, etc.) are prohibited to import into Mexico in all forms.

    Please note this also applies for any gifts, personal or commercial.

    For export from México to abroad:

    For the export of food from Mexico abroad, mainly to the USA, it is only allowed to be sent through the air service, it is not allowed through the standard service and will be returned to the sender.

    It is important to mention that only the shipment of food through the air service is allowed in small amounts or for personal consumption, not for resale, for example: pan, tortillas, queso, mole (en polvo y pasta), dulces típicos (cocadas, palanqueta, garapiñados, mazapán, ate, obleas, dulce de calabaza y camote, rollo de guayaba, borrachitos y cacahuates), chocolates, frutas en conserva, alimentos enlatados (frijoles, elote, maiz pozolero, chiles), masa para tamales (maiz seco o molido o masa preparada), hojas para tamal, chiles secos, salsa.

    Magazines are not considered documents by Mexico customs.
    Mexican customs requires the consignee to obtain a permit from the health department for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use. The health department will grant a personal one-time use for the consignee. If this permit is not presented, customs will not clear the shipment. These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service (Colombia & Tijuana) including toothpaste, dental floss, and any medical devices
    Mexican customs requires the consignee to obtain a permit from the health department for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use. Health permit should be provided when shipment arrives, because it could take few days to be approved by Mexico Ministry of Health. The health department will grant a personal one-time use for the consignee. If this permit is not presented, customs will not clear the shipment. Import license is a requirement for the consignee in Mexico. Import licenses are provided by SAT (Ministry of economics in Mexico. The Consignee can obtain at the following url: http://www.sat.gob.mx/home.asp These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service (Colombia & Tijuana)
    Consumables (non perishables) anything that comes in contact with the body
    A permit is required to import these commodities into Mexico. This permit must be obtained prior to shipping by the consignee from the Department of Health in Mexico, or by the shipper from the Mexican Embassy of Consulate in the origin country or territory.

    These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service (Colombia & Tijuana). Food Supplements: All food supplements without Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk permit,(COFEPRIS, cannot be cleared by Mexican Customs Green Cards:
    If the green card is complete, meaning written, then to ship you have to write a visible & legible code "49111099-impresos (printed)". If the green card is not complete, meaning not written, then you have to write "49119903-formas con claro para escribir (clear forms to be written)".

    Wheels
    Monterrey and Guadalajara customs prohibits the import of new wheels. Mexico city customs will allow them to import. However, the consignee must present a special certificate called "NICE" when clearing them. Mexico, or by the shipper from the Mexican Embassy or Consulate in the origin country or territory.

    Personal effects or personal goods, items that are used for personal use such as clothing, footwear, toiletries, and beauty products (provided they are used for and during the trip taken), can be shipped and cleared through customs as personal effects / goods. These shipments, however, require a copy of the itinerary and passport showing the trip details (which MUST BE within 6 months of import), not for sale, and their CURP# (similar to a U.S. Social Security number) if a Mexican citizen. "Personal Effects / Goods" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

    If the shipment includes medicine, a copy of the prescription must be presented with the quantities and doses indicated. Also, please check this Link to ensure any other permissions are understood for importing medicine for personal use.

    Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, and/or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

    Laptops can be considered as personal effects in Mexico, only if the goods are accompanied by the traveller at the time of arrival into Mexico.

    Personal effects or Personal Goods:

    • Can only be shipped via UPS Express or UPS Expedited. Personal effects / goods that are shipped UPS Standard Service will result in the packages automatically returned to the Shipper.

    • Shipments sent via UPS Express or UPS Expedited service are accepted to most destinations and may be cleared by UPS or an alternate broker.

    Due to Mexican customs restrictions, personal effects / goods will not be accepted to the greater Colombia and Tijuana areas. Shipments containing these commodities will be returned to shipper.

    For shipments containing other commodities (e.g. not personal goods and/or effects), UPS must be the broker for U.S. to Mexico Standard service.

    Please refer to the link MX Port Contact List to verify which ports have restrictions regarding personal effects

    Photographs are not considered documents by Mexico customs.
    For small package shipments valued less than USD1000.00 and less than 3 pairs of shoes per shipment, there are no restrictions for import. This rule includes a maximum of 10 total shipments per year for the specific importer. This only applies at the ports listed below.

    For Small Pack shipments >US$1000 or all SCS shipments, the consignee must have the following requirements:

    • Padron de Importadores: Customers importer registration with the MX Customs Authority (SAT). This is completed in SATs website and applies to all importers of any material.
    • Padron Sectorial: An additional certification on the importers registration allowing them to import textiles. This is completed in SATs website .

    In order to avoid incorrect customs declarations at import, it is mandatory that the exporter provide all the detailed information about the shoes (what kind of leather, what material used for soles and uppers, if are sport shoes, sandals, boots and if are for children, women or men). Duties and taxes will be determined with this info.The only authorized ports to import shoes are:

    • Mexico City Airport
    • Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas
    • Lazaro Cardenas Michoacan (Ocean)
    • Manzanillo Colima (Ocean)
    • Mexico City (Known as Pantaco)
    • Guadalajara, Jalisco
    • Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
    • Progreso, Yucatan (Mrida)
    • Tijuana, Baja California
    • Veracruz (ocean)

    There are no restrictions for export shipments.

    For import of software over 1000 USD, a sectorial register is required (Padron Sectorial). This is a national registery of importers and exporters. The importer of record must be registered in the specific sector. For software under 1000 USD, importer must present their RFC Number.r US$1000.00, the importer must present an RFC number.
    An import license is required when the value of the shipment is equal to or greater than 1,000 USD. The import license must be obtained by the consignee prior to the export of the shipment.
    New Clothing:
    When importing clothing with a declared value of US$1001.00 or greater, the consignee must have the following requirements in place to import textiles:

    • Padron de Importadores: Customers importer registration with the MX Customs Authority (SAT). This is completed in SATs website.
    • Padron Sectorial: An additional certification on the importers registration allowing them to import textiles. This is completed in SATs website.
    • Normas de Etiquetado: Labels/Markings in the textiles comply with Mexican marking laws , or, if goods are not for resale, a letter from the importer advising the goods will not be re-sold.
    • Certificado de Origen (Certificate of Origin) Optional. Required only when customer requests reduced duty through trade program (NAFTA, TPP, etc.)

    Some ports in Mexico do not allow import of textiles via Small Package. Please refer to the MX Port Contact List to assure accepted in the port for your customer.

    Used Clothing:
    Used clothing can be imported only if the consignee left clothes behind in another country or territory while traveling, and the used clothing is for personal use. The consignee must present an airline ticket or passport to demonstrate that he or she has recently returned to Mexico from traveling abroad.

    Toys for children under 3 years of age, the consignee must be a registered importer with the Mexican Customs and specify he or she is importing toys and the origin country or territory. If the consignee uses a broker other than UPS, the broker must be authorized by the Mexican government to clear toys. Electronics or electronic mechanism toys are allowed in Mexico regardless of origin country or territory.
    Unused traveler's checks must have a signature in order to be shipped. If the value exceeds 10,000 USD, a declaration signed by the shipper and consignee must be presented to the Mexican government.

    Declaration on bringing and taking money in cash and/or securities form (Spanish & English) may be found at the following link:

    http://www.sat.gob.mx/informacion_fiscal/normatividad/formas_fiscales/Paginas/declaraciones_comercio_exterior.aspx

    UPS will not pay the duties and taxes arising from import and export entries (pedimentos) of products considered as vulnerable for the Mexican authorities. Duties and taxes will be paid through the PECA service (Centralized Customs Electronic Payment) according to the conditions and requirements established for this purpose.

    Products considered as vulnerable:

    • Cigarettes
    • Ground, air and sea vehicles; new and used
    • Gambling and lottery machines, new and used
    • Equipment and materials for the manufacture of payment cards
    • Jewelry, watches, gemstones and precious metals, with a value equal or greater than 485 times the minimum wage at the Federal District (DF)
    • Art work, with a value equal or greater than 4815 times the minimum wage at the Federal District (DF)
    • Ballistic resistant materials for service provision of vehicle shieling, regardless of the value of the goods
    • Editorial products, from press or other graphic industry; texts, manuscripts, stamps and blueprints. Other printed matters, including prints and photographs
    • Glass and glassware safety, consisting of toughened or laminated glass
    • Common metals and articles of base metals, melting, iron and steel
    • Machinery, apparatus, electrical material and their parts, apparatus for the recording or reproduction of sound, apparatus for the recording or reproduction of images and sound on television, and the parts and accessories thereof. Records, tapes, permanent data storage devices, semiconductor based, smart cards and other media for the recording of sound, or other similarly recorded, or not recorded, including matrices and masters for the production of records. Semiconductor supports, smart cards, cards incorporating an electronic integrated circuit (smart cards)
    • Objects for zoological, botanical, mineralogical, anatomical, collections o with a historical, archaeological, paleontological, ethnographic, or numismatic interest. Zoological specimens dissected or parts
    • All the electronic cards to pay (debit cards, credit cards, gift certificates and others)
    PECA Centralized Customs Electronic Payment All the electronic cards to pay (debit cards, credit cards, gift certificates and others) PECA is for Vulnerable goods to prevent the Wash Money, the importer need to update their RFC in SAT (Service Tax Administration) Also is necessary give the next Bank info, to pay the pedimento Previously the importer need in their Bank Account register the patent Broker (Check where will be the Mexican Customs to clear to register the correct patent Broker) - Branch where the account was open - Account number - Bank Name ( only Banamex, Bancomer and HSBC) - Bank ID number (4 digits)
    Customs allows imported wheels, however, the consignee must present to Customs a special certificate called "NYCE."

    The Mexican Official Standards (NOM) are mandatory for the importation and trade of tires, tubes or valves for motor vehicle wheels.

    At the NYCE web page ( http://www.nyce.org.mx/ ) the Conformity Certificate for the following Mexican Official Standards (NOM) may be found: NOM-086/1-SCFI-2011, NOM-086-SCFI-2010, NOM-121-SCFI-2004, NOM-134-SCFI-1999.

    If a Letter of No Commercialization of Goods is presented, then it will not be necessary to fulfill with the enunciated standard.

    All shipments containing solid wood require:
    • SEMARNAT permit, click here.
    • Confirmation of payment of SEMARNAT permit
    • Ocular Inspection (RV), click here.
    • Fumigation stamp on all the sides. This includes, pallets, crating and the goods being shipped.

    Goods made of heat-treated or processed wood (plywood), require only the Ocular Inspection (RV) approval, here.

    Gift Exemptions

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    no gift exemption
    no gift exemption

    There are no gift exemptions for this destination country or territory. All goods going into Mexico are subject to the normal duty and tax rates.

    Invoice Requirements

    The clearance information has been validated as current/correct as of January 2016.

    All consignees are required to be registered with the Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) to be able to import or export in Mexico.

    For Small Package moves, UPS will act as the importer of record up to US$1000 for businesses and US$5000 for individuals. This excludes goods which require special licensing or where Mexican law prevents UPS from acting as the importer/exporter.

    For processes on how to register a business or an importer and for commodities which may require additional licensing, see overview here.

    Non-document to Mexico must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice.

    Invoices must be typed in English and/or Spanish.

    Starting July 1, 2016, for commercial exports (goods which are being sold to another party), MX Customs requires electronic filing of the commercial invoice for all formal entries (pedimento A1). This is called CFDI (Comprobante Fiscal Digital Impreso). Additionally, starting January 1, 2017, numerous additional elements will be required to be transmitted.

    Detailed information can be located here.

    Important note: If there is any information that allows to identify the goods individually (serial numbers, parts, brand, model), these must be entered on the invoice. The point-of-sale value of the merchandise and the consignees tax identification number (RFC number) must be included. Visible corrections on invoices will not be accepted

    The consignees phone number is required on all documentation. Invoices on company letterhead or Online UPS invoices (Worldship) are preferred. All other types of invoices could cause shipments to be delayed in Customs.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The commodity information has been validated as current/correct as of August 2016. All rule apply to BOTH UPS Small Package and UPS Supply Chain commodities. Differences are noted.

    All consignees are required to be registered with the Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) to be able to import or export in Mexico.

    For Small Package moves, UPS will act as the importer of record up to US$1000 for businesses and US$5000 for individuals. This excludes goods which require special licensing or where Mexican law prevents UPS from acting as the importer/exporter.

    For processes on how to register a business or an importer and for commodities which may require additional licensing, see overview here.

    Airline tickets are considered documents as long as they have the name of the passenger and cannot be transferred.
    Documents shipped in letter envelopes, Paks, or boxes do not require an invoice for Customs.
    Mark an "X" in the Documents Only box on the waybill.
    There are no duties and taxes for documents only.
    Non-commercial use only.
    Passports for personal use only.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Mexico.

    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    All products containing tobacco requires Sectorial Import License and COFEPRIS permit and an ACH account (called PECA) set-up in advance with the Mexican government for paying duty/tax.

    Click here to request the Sectorial Import License

    Click here to request the COFEPRIS permit

    To import or export credit cards are a high-focus/risk item for MX Customs. To clear MX Customs, the customer must pay MX duty/tax through an ACH account (called PECA) set-up in advance with the Mexican government. Information on how to set this up can be found here .

    This applies to both blank and encoded credit cards, and also applies for both personal and commercial shipments.

    Check the MX Port Contact List to ensure the port accepts credit cards.

    Mexico does not allow import of electronic cigarettes and cigars is forbidden.
    Marijuana is forbidden to import in Mexico in all forms. This includes seeds, tablets, ointment, herbs, dust, etc. even when intended for medical use.
    Meat can only be imported/exported through UPS SCS and the customer must have a Senasica permit, which is issued per shipment by the MX Government. More info can be found here .
    All Mexico ports prohibit the import of weapons, knives, and explosives. For knives, this rule applies specifically to knives which are for use as military or weapon. Telescopic sights. Required SEDENA permit, which is required per shipment. Click here to know the requirements to get the permit If goods are denied access by the MX authorities, the goods will be seized by the government and not allowed to return to origin.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Yes (Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory) UPS offers Saturday delivery to selected postal codes in Mexico. The package must be shipped WW Express Saver and the shipper at the origin country or territory must place a "Saturday Delivery" sticker on the package. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU
    • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Shipments to Mexico valued at US$300.00 or less are cleared as informal in a consolidated entry. Goods that fall into this classification and in which the consignee requires a formal entry, require that the consignee notify UPS in Mexico of the shipment details such as tracking number, shipper, etc. at least one day prior to arrival or else it will be included in the informal consolidated entry.
    Mexican Fiscal Miscellaneous and Regulations in General Matters for Foreign Trade for 2007 (D.O.F. the Mexican Official Federal Daily 18/03/2008) is stated that: All those merchandises which are difficult to be identified because they come in the shape of powder, liquids or gases and hence require physics and/or chemistry analyses to determine their composition, nature, origin, and other necessary features that are a must for customs tariffs purposes.

    Therefore, Powder, Liquids or Gases which are difficult to be identified, must not be imported under the classification of Non Formal Entries (T1 Pedimento) or as samples, even if they have the MSDS, safety, or any other letter specifying the composition of the product, under the penalty to hold the merchandise, confiscate it, or even halt the whole Import Permit process for Non Formal Entries (T1 Pedimento), or even recur to a PAMA (Customs Management Process), that includes the confiscation and legal action for the merchandise.

    In order to clear shipments with this characteristics, the importer must use a formal entry, and in addition, the importer must provide any additional document and information required based on harmonized tariff code Individual Import Permits can be made by request in the waybill, in compliance with all Law requirements.

    Samples are items that by their quantity, weight, volume or other presentation conditions, indicate that without any doubt can only serve for the demonstration of goods or submit orders. Products, items or other goods, may be considered as samples if they fulfill the following criteria:

    The unit value does not exceed one dollar.

    That they are marked, torn, perforated or treated to be unsuitable for sale or any other use than sample. The marking shall consist on the use of paint or ink clearly visible, readable and permanent.

    Not packaged for sale, except in the packaging material it is marked as sample.

    Goods cannot be hard to identify, that by its presentation in the form of powder, liquids or pharmaceutical forms, such as: tablets, troches, pills, capsules, requiring physical/chemical analyzes to know its composition, nature, origin and other necessary measures to determine the tariff classification regardless of the quantity and value stated.

    The samples must be unusable.

    The samples cannot be commercialized or resold.

    Commodities that cannot be made unusable, such as liquids, should be sent in minimum quantities without commercial labels, or with labels classifying the substance as a sample. A sample book is the collection of samples that for their quantity, weight, volume or other presentation conditions indicates without any doubt that can only serve as sample. In the case of samples or samples books of toys, the unit value of the toys may be up to $50.00 USD or their equivalent in local currency and may be imported up to two pieces of the same model.

    New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.
    Temporary import and exports for IMMEX is accepted for all modes.

    Other types of temporary imports/exports (trade shows, conventions, exhibitions, repair/return, etc.) are accepted, depending on the commodity (see specific commodity listed on this page). Please allow extra time to clear Customs for these shipments as generally importers/exporters often are missing documents or require additional information to clear their shipments.

    As for all entries, ensure the descriptions are very clear and, where applicable, serial numbers are listed on the invoices.

    Goods imported/exported under a temporary customs clearance must export the country or territory in the time specified by the type of temporary clearance, which can be found on the MX Customs (SAT) website

    The shipper must indicate on the invoice that the shipment is a warranty repair or replacement. The consignee will be contacted regarding the Export Pedimento (Export Documents) and should be prepared to provide the necessary documentation.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 50.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 50.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419 cm (165 in. ) per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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