Mexico’s environment secretariat (SEMARNAT) has been working to modify NOM-016, a rule that regulates the import of lumber.
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: MX2039
Mexico Modifying Rules Related to Lumber Imports
Mexico’s environment secretariat (SEMARNAT) has been working to modify NOM-016, a rule that
regulates the import of lumber. Mexico’s intent is to tighten phytosanitary controls to prohibit the
importation of pest-infested lumber. The United States is a principal supplier of lumber to Mexico and
the purpose of this report is to encourage interested parties to review the official version of the NOM
modifications. Comments and questions can be submited to the responsible agencies.
In April and May, SEMARNAT sent versions of its proposed NOM -016 modifications to COFEMER
(equivalent to U.S. OMB—Office of Management and Budget) for internal review and the Diario
Oficial (DO--equivalent to U.S. Federal Register) for public comment.
COFEMER consultation page:
Parties involved in exporting or brokering U.S. lumber should review the proposed NOM changes to
determine what impact the changes may have on their operations. FAS Mexico understands that the
current version may yet be further modified and that SEMARNAT is interested in working with APHIS
and counterpart agencies in other countries to ensure that the new regulations are as trade-facilitative as
possible. Post will continue to follow this issue and provide updates as necessary. Interested parties
may send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the addresses and persons listed in the above
linked documents. Alternatively, parties may also inquire with the U.S. Hard and Soft Woods
representative in Mexico, Roberto Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FAS Mexico City Ag Affairs
Office Agricultural Attaché Pete Olson (email@example.com) or APHIS Wood Products Specialist
John T Jones (John.T.Jones@aphis.usda.gov).
SEMART is still accepting and reviewing comments submitted by interested parties. Post understands
that the two sections of the revised NOM (as currently written) that may be of particular interest to the
U.S. industry are 22.214.171.124 and4.2.3. These sections state that kiln-dried wood must be exported within 45
days of the phytosanitary treatment and that only wood from certain countries may be imported in to
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