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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 called "Cuotas Compensatorias".

Below is only a partial list of commodities subject to "Cuotas Compensatorias";

CommodityPercentage
Rate
Cuota Compensatoria
Rate
Ceramic coatings for walls and floors
China From USD $2.90 to $12.42 /mt2, depending on the exporter
Ceramic tableware and loose parts of tableware
China Depending if the value is below USD $2.61 /kg
Stainless steel sinks
China USD $4.14 or $5.40 /kg, depending on the exporter
Aluminum pressure cookers
China 92.64%
Aluminum utensils for cooking
China USD $5.65 or $10.60 /kg, depending on the exporter
Bikes for children
China USD $13.12 /piece
Metallic plastic ballons
China USD $37.80 /kg
Pencils
China USD $0.0299 /piece
Plastic atomizers
China 86%

Certificates of origin are optional in most cases, but mandatory to obtain Preferential Tariff Treatment in accordance with the Treaties and Agreements to which Mexico is a party.

T-MEC certificate of origin link

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.)

T-MEC 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 T-MEC region only.

For all commercial shipments over 1,000 USD, a completed T-MEC Certification of Origin 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 T-MEC Certification of Origin, or
  • The T-MEC Statement on the commercial invoice.

T-MEC Certification of Origin need not be in any specific form or format, as long as it contains the following 9 data elements:

  • Which party is making the certification (importer, exporter or producer)
  • Certifier details: name, title, address, phone#, email
  • Exporter details: name, title, address, phone#, email
  • Producer details: name, title, address, phone#, email
  • Importer details: name, title, address, phone#, email
  • Description and HTS#
  • Origin criteria
  • Blanket period (if applicable)
  • Signature and date, including the following statement: I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating, and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations, and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.

T-MEC does not exempt goods from Value Added Tax (in Mexico, IVA).

Certifications 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 Certification. For more information, please see the following website:

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

"I hereby certify that the good covered by this shipment qualifies as an originating good for purposes of preferential tariff treatment under the T-MEC"

Note: Non-commercial shipments made or manufactured in T-MEC countries or territories do not require the T-MEC statement or T-MEC C of O. These shipments will receive preferential duty treatment as long as the goods in the shipment are made or manufactured in a T-MEC country or territory and are shipped between T-MEC countries or territories.

Clearance Information

ANAM

On January 1, 2022, the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) came into operation as a decentralized administrative body of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) replacing the General Customs Administration (AGA); which supposes a temporarily and indefinite transition period for their internal activities.

The National Customs Agency of Mexico will be endowed with technical, operational, administrative and management autonomy, it will have the character of a tax and Customs authority, in addition to having the power to issue resolutions within the scope of its competence. The creation of the Agency is given with the objective of continuing the strategy of the current administration in the fight against smuggling, the introduction of drugs and corruption.

Carta Porte

The CFDI with Carta Porte Complement is a digital, fiscal document that is a new obligation of transport companies in Mexico since January 1, 2022, to issue that contains detailed information on the merchandise. The Mexican government will use this to verify the operations carried out by the participants in the transfer of merchandise. It´s the full obligation of the Carrier company to generate it properly.

In order to generate this document automatically, UPS will rely on technological tools that allow us to extract information directly from air waybills generated by customers; therefore, as of January 1, 2022, UPS Manual Waybills will no longer be available.

Given this change, in order to make shipments in the shortest possible time and without errors, customers must be kept informed, analyze their shipping history, upload documentation, etc. Our strategy is focused on helping your company to go digital through the use of tools such as Worldship or CampuShip. We recommend you take your precautions to avoid setbacks.

Immobilized shipments

According to customs Legislation, customs authorities and Other Government Agencies (OGA) have the power to held shipments to review if they are in compliance with Mexican Legislation and to avoid illegal practices, such as drugs, piracy, undervaluation, etc. The shipments may remain at hold for an undefined period that can take from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the authoritys analysis, without the control of UPS

Any product could be subject to inspection, the main affected are: personal effects, products of difficult identification (such as liquids, powder, etc), food, clothing, among others.

NEW HTS CODES FOR MEXICO EFFECTIVE ON DECEMBER 28, 2020

These changes are the result of the implementation in Mexico of the sixth amendment to the Harmonized System, in accordance with the recommendations of the World Customs Organization (WCO)

The core change is the increase from 8 to 10 digits in the HTS codes for Mexico, which implies a reordering in all the HTS codes, grouping some HTS codes, deleting and creating others for the establishment of a more compact and functional Tariff (HTS), for which it is important to take into account the correlation tables for the current and new HTS codes available in this link, section "Base Unica RRNAs"

Regarding this change, it is important to note that the HTS code that is currently declared and must be declared as of December 28 in permits or regulations is in 8 digits, which for Mexico is known as "Fraccion Arancelaria", since the 10 digits that will be implemented from the date indicated is for statistical and tax purposes, not for regulations or permits.

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

1) IMPORT OPERATION.

Step 1

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

Step 2

The customs broker assigned by the client, must request the shipment in the corresponding warehouse 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 corresponding warehouse.

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. In order for UPS to receive the packages, they must be delivered with export entry.

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.

Customs Clearance Formal Import Requirements

Prior to any formal import shipment

Consignee must register at the Mexican Ministry of Economics (S.A.T. = Servicio de Administracion Tributaria), in order to get their importer license.

Power of Attorney (POA)(Encargo conferido)
Consignee must register U.P.S. Broker licenses at Mexican Ministry of Economics via internet following these directions:

  • http://www.aduanas.gob.mx
  • "Padrones y encargos conferidos" link.
  • "Inscripción Padron de importadores" link,
  • "Encargo conferido" link,
  • Get into the "contraseña de clave privada" F.E.A. (electronic signature)
  • Wait for electronic authorization.

Letter Of Agreement (Carta Encomienda)
Consignee must send to UPS a "Carta Encomienda" form, one per port of entry, per broker license.
Every shipment must include: Commercial invoice in English, French or Spanish language, must include expedition date, Exporter and Importer name & address, full description of goods.
Packing list and certificate of origin if are available.

Note: Some shipments may require additional permits depending on the commodity:

  • Household furniture authorization
  • Health permit
  • Defense ministry permit
  • Authorization license to use registered trademarks
  • Agricultural permit
  • Animal husbandry permit

It the total value of the shipment is less than US$999.00, the shipment may be cleared through a consolidated formal entry (T1 pedimento) under UPS de Mexico as importer of record, (this kind of "pedimento" will not be tax deductible for the consignee/importer).

Restrictions for T1 Pedimento Clearance
Mexican Fiscal Miscellaneous and Regulations in General Matters for Foreign Trade for 2007 (D.O.F. the Mexican Official Federal Daily 18/03/2008) 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 of 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.

f the value of the shipment is less than US$2500 UPS can be the IOR. If the value of the shipment is US$2500 or more, 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)  Carta de Encomienda (letter of authorization for UPS broker agent and depends of the Brokerage team in the Port of entry) 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$2500 will be subject to tariff restrictions.
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.

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

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

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).

For Formal Entry, Marbetes Tag for wine bottles is also required (Issued by a government agency in Mexico).

If the value of alcoholic beverages is less than 2500 USD, the importation may be carried out in a simplified procedure with prior authorization from the import customs office, paying the following fees:

Product / Fee

  • Beverages with alcoholic contenct and beer with an alcohol content of up to 14 degrees GL - 77% fee
  • Beverages with alcoholic contenct and beer with an alcohol content of up to 14 degrees GL and up to 20 degrees GL - 82% fee
  • Beverages with alcoholic contenct and beer with an alcohol content of more than 20 degrees GL - 114% fee
  • The above fees will have reductions if the products prove through documentation that they originate from a party country with which Mexico has entered into a Free Trade Agreement or Cooperation Agreement. Please consult the respective rate with the Brokerage or Compliance Team.

    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.

    The importation into Mexico of products made with animals in danger of extinction is not allowed unless the recipient has a CITES permit and processes the import permit from the Secretariat of Natural Resources of Mexico (Semarnat).

    Articles sent to Mexico for animal consumption (internal or external) require a pre-arrival permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SAGARPA). Non-compliant shipments will be returned to origin as required by the law.
    Most of the books are exempt from taxes by Mexican customs.
    Catalogs are exempt from taxes by Mexican customs.
    Any person who enters or leaves the country with cash values (or through the UPS service), national or foreign checks, money order or any other document receivable, including a combination of them, with a value greater than $10,000 USD or the currency or equivalent currencies in question, they will be obliged to declare the amount before the customs authorities in the official forms approved by the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) or the SAT (Tax Administration Service), following the link you can download the approved form:

  • Download the form in (Declaration of income and withdrawal of cash and/or securities format (Spanish and English), here.

    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 an attached technical letter and its corresponding HS Code. They are considered "Difficult to identify goods" and as such cannot be imported through a simplified procedure.

    In addition, a tariff restriction may apply to the product depending on the HS Code.

    To import CDs, it is necessary to provide a document with a value equal to or greater than 1 USD.
    Computers and Laptops can be imported no matter if they are used or new, but they need to comply with Quality Certification or Labeling Standards, aka NOM's, on shipments above 2,500 USD if applicable Link to SNICE

    Printers, monitors, mouse, CPU, keyboard, memory units, readers and scanners are allowed in for repair.

    In case your computer is transported with a lithium battery, please refer to Link to UPS Special Item Shipping Guide

    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 (COFEPRIS) for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use.

    In the case of medicines for personal use, an import permit must be processed with the Health Department (COFEPRIS); which will be granted for a single occasion if it meets all the requirements imposed. 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 in Mexico are required to comply with the Quality Certification Standards (NOM's).

    If the value of the shipment does not exceed 2,500 USD, the import can be carried out by simplified procedure, exempting compliance with the Quality Certification Standards (NOM's) (See numeral "1. Simplified entry" of the Commodity Specific Stipulation)

    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.

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

    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.

    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 to abroad, mainly to the USA, it is only allowed to be sent through air service, it is restricted 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: bread, tortillas, cheese, >i>mole (in powder and paste), typical sweets (like cocadas, turrones, palanquetas, etc.), pralines, marzipan, ate, wafers, sweet pumpkin and sweet potato, guava roll, ravioli and peanuts, chocolates, fruit preserves, preserves (beans, corn, hominy corn, chiles), dough for tamales (corn dried or ground or prepared dough), tamale leaves, dried chiles, sauces.

    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 exempt from taxes by Mexican customs.

    But if it is part of a serialization (such as issues or editions) you must pay taxes.

    Mexican customs requires the consignee to obtain a permit from the Health Department (COFEPRIS) for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use.

    In the case of medical items for personal use, an import permit must be processed with the Health Department (COFEPRIS); which will be granted for a single occasion if it meets all the requirements imposed. 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 (COFEPRIS) for all medicine or medical products regardless if they are from a company or from an individual for personal use.

    In the case of medicine for personal use, an import permit must be processed with the Health Department (COFEPRIS); which will be granted for a single occasion if it meets all the requirements imposed. 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).

    Difficult-to-identify goods are that, due to their presentation in the form of powders, liquids or pharmaceutical forms, such as: pills, troches, tablets, granules, tablets, capsules and dragees, which require physical or chemical analysis, or both, to know their composition, nature, origin and other characteristics necessary to determine its tariff classification, regardless of the quantity and the consigned value. In this case, UPS will return these goods to their country of origin.
    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.

    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 traveler at the time of arrival into Mexico.

    Personal effects or Personal Goods:

    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. These products may be subject to customs revision and may be held for an undefined period of time (see Immobilized shipments on see additional clearance information).

    Photographs are exempt from taxes by Mexican customs.
    For small package shipments (only authorized ports of Entry) valued less then 2,500 USD there are not restrictions for import.

    For Small Package shipments greater then 2,500 USD 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 SAT´s 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 SAT´s 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:

    1. Mexico City Airport
    2. Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas
    3. Lazaro Cardenas Michoacan (ocean)
    4. Manzanillo Colima (ocean)
    5. Mexico City (known as Pantaco)
    6. Guadalajara, Jalisco (only 10 pairs)
    7. Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
    8. Progreso, Yucatan (Merida)
    9. Tijuana, Baja California
    10. 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$2500 or greater, the consignee must have the following requirements in place to import textiles:

    • Padron de Importadores: Customer´s importer registration with the MX Customs Authority (SAT). This is completed through "Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público" - link: SAT´s website.
    • Padron Sectorial: An additional certification on the importer´s registration allowing them to import textiles. This is completed through "Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público" - link: SAT´s 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 Mexico's Contacts 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 can be imported according to their value (See the Commodity Specific Stipulation).

    In the case of toys intended for children under 3 years of age, it is required to comply with a permit of the Health Department (COFEPRIS).

    Unused traveler's checks must have a signature in order to be shipped. If the value exceeds US$10,000 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 "Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito" - Link

    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:

    • 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 UMA´s (UMA=$96.22 MXP)
    • Art work, with a value equal or greater than 4815 times UMA´s (UMA=$96.22 MXP)
    • Ballistic resistant materials for service provision of vehicle shieling, regardless of the value of the goods
    • Semiconductor supports, smart cards, cards incorporating an electronic integrated circuit (smart cards)
    • Semiconductor supports, smart cards, cards incorporating an electronic integrated circuit (smart cards)
    • All the electronic cards to pay (debit cards, credit cards, gift certificates and others)

    UPS cannot be the IOR on import of Vulnerable Products

    PECE Centralized Customs Electronic PaymentIs the payment form for Vulnerable goods to prevent the Money Laundering, the importer need to update their RFC in SAT (Service Tax Administration)

    Also is necessary to provide the following bank information, 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 Broker License)

    • 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 "NOM Certificate"; the Quality Certification Standards (aka NOM's) are mandatory for the importation and trade of tires, tubes or valves for motor vehicle wheels.

    • NOM-086/1-SCFI-2011 (tires)
    • NOM-086-SCFI-2010 (tires)
    • NOM-121-SCFI-2004 (inner tubes for tires)
    • NOM-134-SCFI-1999 (tire valves)

    All shipments containing solid wood require:
    • SEMARNAT permit: for Marketing Purposes or for Non-marketing Purposes
    • Confirmation of payment of SEMARNAT permit
    • Ocular inspection (RV) - link
    • Fumigation stamp on all the sides. This includes, pallets, crating and the goods being shipped
    • May require an international phytosanitary certificate before entering Mexico, depending on the characteristics of the product
    Goods made of heat-treated or processed wood (plywood), require only the Ocular Inspection (RV) approval.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    All products containing tobacco require a permit from COFEPRIS and payment of duties / taxes directly from the IOR account "Centralized Customs Electronic Payment" (PECE).

  • Link

    In addition, cigarette importers require the Sectorial Import License (see section "Registration in the specific sector of cigarettes"):

  • Link
  • Credit cards, as they are merchandise marked as vulnerable products by the Mexican government, require for their import a formal entry with an IOR correctly registered in México other than UPS, payment of taxes directly from the IOR account ELECTRONIC PAYMENT FOREIGN TRADE (PECE) and several affidavits that identify the owner or ultimate beneficiary of these credit cards, since these can be used for the financing of crimes or management of resources of illicit origin.

    Information on how to set up PECE payment can be found here.

    For the previous reasons, the importation to Mexico of credit cards through small parcel with simple entry called T1 is restricted and all shipments will be returned to origin.

    This restriction also applies to debit cards and all electronic payment cards.

    The importation of electronic cigarettes and vapers in all its forms is prohibited in Mexico.
    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 if the customer must have a Senasica permit, which is issued per shipment by the MX Government. More info can be found here.
    The importation of weapons (and their parts such as telescopic sights or others), knives and explosives of any kind is regulated by the Mexican Army.

    For knives, this rule applies specifically to knives that are for military use or as a weapon.

    The army import permit (SEDENA) is required for each shipment.

    If goods are denied access by the MX authorities, the goods will be seized by the government and not allowed to return to origin.

    To know the requirements to get the permit please click here.

    Negotiable bonds and drafts are prohibited.

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Goods donated to charitable organizations are subject to duties and taxes unless, prior to shipping, they are approved by the country or territory's exempting authorities (such as the Ministry of Treasury, Economy or Customs, the Executive branch, or the country or territory's consulate). Ignoring this requirement can result in the imposition of duties, taxes, and other possible costs associated with the clearance. These costs are billed to the shipper.
    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

    All shipments from the US to Mexico sent via UPS Standard service must be cleared by UPS. Customs clearance through alternate brokers is not permitted. If the importer does not give authorization to UPS to clear the shipment prior to importation, the shipment will automatically be returned to the shipper.

    By this service is not possible to import any kind of food, packaging wood without fumigation seals, any kind of medicine and personal effects included clothes or shipment will be returned automatically to the shipper.

    USDA has the right to inspect any transit shipment and additional permits or certifications may be required.
    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
    270 cm (108 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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