As part of its modernization program, the Mexican government has recently launched an innovative program called: Single Window for Trade (Ventanilla Unica) to significantly facilitate trade electronically. This program/website/tool is also a paperless solution that allows exporters and importers to fulfill Mexican government requirements. These changes are mandatory and will be implemented beginning June 1, 2012.
In this report you will learn about Ventanilla Unica and if it is necessary that U.S. exporters require changing or modifying their documentation and export process to send their shipments to Mexico.
What is the Ventanilla Unica Program?
Ventanilla Unica was basically created to facilitate and simplify information flows between Mexican importers and several Mexican government agencies and provides significant benefits to all participants involved in U.S. Mexico cross-border trade.
• Remove the paper by converting manual processes into electronic documents.
• Reduce time in customs clearance.
• Receive information prior to customs clearance for the successful implementation of risk analysis.
• Easily search and access information remotely.
• Promotes the competitiveness, passing from paper to electronic documents.
• Reduce costs in physical space for storage and care of all Mexican imports operations documents.
Ventanilla Unica is centrally managed by a legal entity, which allows authorities and Mexican government agencies to receive and access the information. Additionally, the authorities and agencies must coordinate their controls. In some cases, Ventanilla Unica will provide the means for fees, tariffs, taxes and quotas payments.
Ventanilla Unica benefits
The main purpose of Ventanilla Unica is reducing the documentary requirements and facilitating the exchange of information with the relevant authorities concerning customs, economy, health, agriculture, and energy.
• Delivery of electronic information in a single point of contact. All information related to the process of import, export or transit of goods online is entered only once and in an electronic single point of contact.
• Permanent attention anywhere. Information can be sent 24 hours a day seven days a week, anywhere in the world.
• Reduced time and cost. As a result of the simplification and automation of management processes, times and costs are reduced for Government of Mexico (GoM) agencies and business people.
• Improved logistics. A paperless customs office will expedite the release of goods and will streamline the logistics chain.
• More transparency. The automation of trade processes avoids arbitrary decisions of public employees, increased tax revenues and allows for better risk control.
• Increased legal certainty. The approval and clarity of the requirements for compliance with all obligations of foreign trade gives legal certainty.
• Elimination of paper forms. Electronic information replaces the use of paper.
• Improved information security. Using information technologies prevent damage or data loss.