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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.

"Import of Alcoholic beverages into Mexico is permitted via ISC contract service. Business to consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) shipments are allowed into Mexico. Beer, wine and spirits (liquor). For B2B alcohol shipments into Mexico, the consignee must be registered in the Taxpayers Registry of Alcoholic Drinks to then get register in the Sectorial Import License for Alcoholic Drinks. There is no limit for beverage with less than 24% alcohol. Beverages between 24-70% alcohol need to be in containers less than 5 liters, there is no volume limit. Beverages over 70% alcohol are not permitted. For B2C, limit USD 1,000 for individual consumption, no more than one operation per month. All the drinks must follow the Estimated Prices determined by Fiscal Authorities. These items are not authorized to be imported with the UPS Standard Service, so UPS Worldwide Express, Saver or Expedited service required."
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.
Used computers may be imported into Mexico for repair purposes only. Printers, monitors, mouse pointers, CPUs, keyboards, memory units, readers, and scanners may be imported 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)
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.
  • 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.

    If the green card is complete, meaning written, then it can be imported providing the shipper writes the visible and legible code "49111099-impresos (printed)." If the green card is not complete, meaning not written, then you have to write the code "49119903-formas con claro para escribir (clear forms to be written)."
    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) are defined as 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 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.

    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.

    To import software valued over US$1000.00 into Mexico, a sectorial register is required (Padron Sectorial). This is a national registry of importers and exporters. The importer of record must be registered in the appropriate sector. For software under 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 US$1,000.00. Prior to the shipment leaving the U.S., the consignee must obtain the import license.
    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.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Mexico.

    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.
    Negotiable bonds and drafts are prohibited.

    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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