Labeling and Marking in Mexico

A Hot Tip about Law and Compliance in Mexico

Posted on: 6 Jan 2010

Labeling and Marking


All products intended for retail sale in Mexico must bear a label in Spanish prior to their importation to Mexico. Products that must comply with commercial and commercial/sanitary information NOMs must follow the guidelines as specified in the applicable NOM. Most NOMs require commercial information to be affixed, adhered, sewn, or tagged onto the product, with at least the following information in Spanish:


• Name or business name and address of the importer,

• Name or business name of the exporter,

• Trademark or commercial name brand of the product,

• Net contents (as specified in NOM-030-SCFI-2006 DOF November 4, 2006),

• Use, handling, and care instructions for the product as required,

• Warnings or precautions on hazardous products.


This information must be attached to the product, packaging or container, depending on the product characteristics. This information must be affixed to products as prepared for retail sale. Listing this information on a container in which a good is packed for shipment will not satisfy the labeling requirement.


NOMs do not explicitly state that country of origin is required on the label prior to importation. However, Mexican fiscal regulations do require country of origin designation, and the U.S. Department of Commerce recommends that exporters include this information, in Spanish, on the labels they are preparing for goods destined for retail sale in the Mexican market. Along this line, including the importer's taxpayer number (commonly known as RFC) is recommended.


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Posted: 06 January 2010

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