Mexican customs brokers responsible for clearing shipments have noted that meat shipments frequently arrive at their facilities without commercial invoices.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
GAIN Report Number: MX2092
Post: Monterrey ATO
Facilitating Red Meat Trade and Avoiding Costly Delays
Livestock and Products
Agriculture in the Economy
Agriculture in the News
Policy and Program Announcements
Daniel K. Berman
Eduardo Lozano and Adam Branson
In order to avoid delays that add costs to U.S. shipments containing meat and meat products at the
United States and Mexican border, freight forwarders and customs agents are recommending that
exporters provide complete documentation, including commercial invoices, prior to when products
arrive at their establishments. Without the invoices and all other documents, freight forwarders and
agents are not capable of requesting product inspection by Mexican officials.
The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as well as the Agricultural Trade
Office at the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey have been informed by Mexican industry and have heard
from government officials that costly delays are occurring and preventing timely exports of U.S. red
meats to Mexico. In order to facilitate trade, U.S. exporters are encouraged to provide customs agents,
freight forwarders or importers with commercial invoices and all other required documents prior to
loads reaching the United States and Mexican border.
Mexican meat industry members and customs brokers have reported that without complete shipment
documentation; especially, commercial invoices, for imported U.S.-origin meat and meat products,
delays are a certainty that will result in additional costs to importers and end-users/consumers. Mexican
border officials require that customs brokers present commercial invoices as part of the document
dossier that accompanies shipments to Mexico. Mexican customs brokers responsible for clearing
shipments have noted that meat shipments frequently arrive at their facilities without commercial
invoices. As such, these shipments cannot be presented for official Mexican government inspection.
This results in shipments being held at verification and inspection facilities for longer periods of time.
Freight forwarders and Mexican customs brokers are reaching out to their customers and have
recommended that meat exporters send a copy of the commercial invoice, via email or fax, prior to
when the product arrives at their facility. With this information, Mexican customs brokers can prepare
the corresponding import permit documentation (pedimento) or, official Mexican entry form and be able
to pay SENASICA inspection fees and any applicable import tariffs.
Note: The above information applies to all agricultural products subject to SENASICA inspection.
Moreover, a commercial invoice is required to prepare any pedimento, be it for agricultural or non-
For More Information
FAS/Mexico Web Site: We are available at www.mexico-usda.com or visit the FAS headquarters'
home page at www.fas.usda.gov for a complete selection of FAS worldwide agricultural reporting.
Other Relevant Reports Submitted by FAS/Mexico:
Report Subject Date
MX2090 Mexican Pork Sector Crosses the Great Wall of China 11/30/2012
MX2089 Tariff Reduction Upsets Domestic Industry 11/30/2012
MX2087 Poultry and Egg Prices Trade Snapshot 11/29/2012
MX2065 2012 Mexican Livestock and Products Annual 9/9/2012
MX2061 Mexico Declares itself free of CSF and Avian Salmonella 8/14/2012
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MX2060 New Options to Obtain SENASICA Import-Export Documents 8/14/2012
MX2059 Mexico Announces Import Quotas for U.S. Eggs 8/14/2012
MX2046 Economia Opens 221K Metric Ton Egg Quota Due to Market 7/10/2012
MX2044 Avian Influenza Hits More Farms in Jalisco 7/5/2012
MX2043 Emergency Management System Activated to Combat Avian 7/2/2012
MX2040 High Path Avian Influenza Outbreak in Jalisco 6/26/2012
MX2503 Exporting to Mexico – Managing Border Entry Issues 3/22/2012
MX2016 2012 Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 3/21/2012
MX2012 2012 Poultry and Poultry Products Semi-Annual 3/20/2012
MX2004 Mexico Publishes Preliminary Determination on U.S. CLQs 1/20/2012
MX1092 New Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required 12/6/2011
Useful Mexican Web Sites: Mexico's equivalent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA)
can be found at www.sagarpa.gob.mx, equivalent to the U.S. Department of Commerce (SE) can be
found at www.economia.gob.mx and equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (SALUD)
can be found at www.salud.gob.mx. These web sites are mentioned for the readers' convenience but
USDA does NOT in any way endorse, guarantee the accuracy of, or necessarily concur with, the
information contained on the mentioned sites.
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