Products under Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code 1901.90.05 will be imported, duty free, these products provided that they have obtained a TRQ certificate issued by SE.
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Dairy Blends TRQ Announced - Little Effect on U.S.
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On December 19, 2012, Mexico's Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced it will allow a total of 44,200
metric tons of dairy product preparations (dairy blends) to be imported from any country in the world under
a mixed allocation (direct and public bid) scheme. This announcement should not affect U.S. dairy blends
as they have unlimited duty-free access under NAFTA.
Disclaimer: This summary is based on a cursory review of the subject announcement and therefore should
not, under any circumstances, be viewed as a definitive reading of the regulation in question, or of its
implications for U.S. agricultural export trade interests. In the event of a discrepancy or discrepancies
between this summary and the complete regulation or announcement as published in Spanish, the latter shall
This report summarizes the official announcement published in Mexico’s Diario Oficial (Federal Register)
on December 19, 2012.
SE announced in the Federal Register a TRQ for dairy blends under Mexico’s General Import and Export
Tax Law. This announcement recognizes that the production of domestic dairy blends is insufficient to meet
the needs of Mexican milk powder processors. The exporters of any country may supply products under this
TRQ. Importers will be eligible to import, duty free, these products provided that they have obtained a TRQ
certificate issued by SE. This TRQ announcement will be in effect on January 1st, 2013, until its
cancellation, which should be announced in the Diario Oficial when applicable. U.S. dairy blends continue
to have unlimited duty-free access under NAFTA.
Products under Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code 1901.90.05 are dairy blends produced from cheeses,
dry milk, butter, and other dairy based products containing more that 50 percent of milk solids by weight.
Solids may be either butterfat or solids not fat or both. The definition does not include items covered under
other HTS codes, such as butter, dry milk powder, or cheese, and specifically excludes items under HS code
1901.90.04, which contain more than 10 percent milk solids and are consumer packed; hence, 1901.90.05
excludes consumer-packed products.
H.T.S. Number and Product TRQ
1901.90.05 Dairy product preparations based on a content of over 50 percent solids in 44,200
weight, except those under tariff classification 1901.90.04 MT
The mechanism through which the TRQ will be allocated is:
B Allocation Quantity eneficiaries Me ication period chanism (MT) Appl
A. Public sector company supplying Up to November 30 of each
m irect 10,000 ilk to low-income consum Ders year.
A. Private sector business that use 15 business days from the
dairy blends as an input and have Direct 21,200 first business day of January
previously received quota of each year.
A. Private sector business that use 15 business days from the
dairy blends as an input and have Direct 1,000 first business day of January
not previously received quota of each year.
A. All interested parties In compliance with the rules Public bid 12,000
of the corresponding public
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SE will publish the announcement in the Federal Register, at least, within 20 business days before the
application period (scheduled to occur during the 1-15 August period of each year).
Direct allocation will be authorized to the public sector company (i.e., state-owned) and private companies
—with or without previous experiences in the allocation process— who use dairy blends in their production
processes. Public allocation will be authorized for interested parties that comply with the correspondent
public bid rules. The applications for the request of allocation of the quota (import permits) must be
submitted using form SE-03-011-1 at the General Directorate of Foreign Trade of SE. Once the quantity to
be imported is allocated under the TRQ, SE will issue the import permits to the authorized companies.
FAS/Mexico Analysis: The TRQ is equal to previous years’ levels issued by Mexico. Thus, U.S. dairy
blends will not face additional international competition in the Mexican market and will continue to be
granted unlimited duty-free access to the Mexican market under NAFTA.
This is NOT an invitation for bids to purchase selected dairy products. Rather, it is an auction of the right to
import the listed product duty free. Thus, the auction is limited to Mexican companies within the dairy
industry who use dairy products in their production processes.
1. Publication Date: December 19, 2012
2. Implementation Date: January 1st, 2013
3. Validity Period:
The validity period of the quota certificates for the beneficiaries, as described, in points A and C
will be up to the last day of December of each year.
The validity period of the quota certificates obtained through public bid, indicated in point D,
will be from the date of issuing up to the last day of December of each year.
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MX2031 New NOMS for Dairy Products May Shift Import Patterns 5/16/2012
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MX1105 Milk Powder TRQ Announced 12/30/2011
MX1092 New Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required 12/6/2011
MX1083 Dairy and Products Annual 11/14/2011
MX1076 Mexico Eliminates Retaliatory Tariffs 10/21/2011
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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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