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Mexican Textile Importers Must Register by March 1 or Risk Losing Import Authorization

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

New rules being implemented by the Mexican government could have a significant impact on textile and apparel importers in that country. While importers have been given a one-month reprieve to comply with one requirement, others are taking effect as soon as Feb. 2.

Under measures announced by the Mexican government in December 2014, textile and apparel importers must register on the sectorial importers’ registry before they may import goods classified within chapters 50 to 63 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of Mexico. Registration was opened on Jan. 1, and importers who fail to meet the March 1 deadline (recently extended from Feb. 1) will lose authorization to conduct import operations.

In the meantime, minimum reference prices for textile and apparel goods entered into force on Feb. 2. If importers declare a customs value for a shipment below the reference prices they will have to guarantee the difference in duties by using a bond.

Another new requirement now in effect is that importers must notify Mexican Customs at least five working days in advance of any textile and apparel import operation to give authorities time to evaluate whether the goods are undervalued.

These and other measures being imposed for textiles and apparel are similar to those Mexico put in place for footwear in 2014.

For more information on the new textile, apparel and footwear requirements and how they may affect your import operations, please contact Mirsha Saynes at (866) 455-0548 or Elise Shibles at (415) 489-1403.

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