On august 14, 2012, the Government of Mexico announced the establishment of import quota to import fresh eggs for human consumption and eggs for industrial purposes.
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GAIN Report Number: MX2059
Mexico Announces Import Quotas for U.S. eggs
Poultry and Products
Agriculture in the Economy
Agriculture in the News
Daniel K. Berman
On august 14, 2012, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced in the Diario Oficial (Mexico’s Federal
Register) two announcements establishing the import quota to import fresh eggs for human consumption and
eggs for industrial purposes, under a tariff rate quota.
This summary is based on a cursory review of the subject announcements and therefore should not, under any
circumstances, be viewed as a definitive reading of the resolution 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 resolutions or announcements as published in Spanish, the latter shall prevail.
Title of Notices:
1. “Announcement that establishes the import quota of fresh eggs for human consumption, under a tariff rate
2. “Announcement that establishes the import quota of eggs for industrial purposes, under a tariff rate
1. Publication Date: August 14, 2012
2. Effective Date: August 15, 2012
3. Expiration date of Quota Certificates: December 31, 2012.
Summary: The Economic Secretariat (SE) published on August 14, 2012, two notices in the Diario Oficial
announcing the import quota to import 211,000 MT of fresh eggs for human consumption and 24,400 MT for
industrial purposes under a “0%” tariff rate quota, provided the importer presents a Quota Certificate issued by
SE. SE justified the implementation of these quotas in response to a disease outbreak in one of the main
producing areas of table eggs that provoked an unfounded increase in egg prices. This increase is affecting both
households and industrial users.
Previously, on August 9, 2012, SE had published in the Diario Oficial the tariff rate quota for the import of eggs
HTS Products U Tax nits
0407.21.01 Eggs in the Shell, for human consumption Kg Exempt N/A
0407.21.99 Other Kg Exempt N/A
0408.11.01 Not In Shell And Egg Yolks, Dried Kg Exempt N/A
0408.19.99 Other Kg Exempt N/A
0408.91.01 Frozen or in powder Kg Exempt N/A
0408.91.99 Other Kg Exempt N/A
0408.99.01 Frozen, except what contained in HTS 0408.99.02 Kg Exempt N/A
0408.99.99 Other Kg Exempt N/A
The August 14, 2012 announcement for table eggs, establishes the following:
HTS Products MT
0407.21.01 Eggs in the shell, for human consumption 211,000
And for eggs for industrial purposes:
HTS Products MT
0407.21.99 Other 24,400
0408.11.01 Not In Shell And Egg Yolks, Dried
0408.91.01 Frozen or in powder
0408.99.01 Frozen, except what contained in HTS 0408.99.02
The allocation method will be direct allocation on a “first come, first serve” basis. The interested parties must
submit the appropriate documentation to SE, who after the analysis, will issue a Quota Certificate valid until
December 31, 2012.
FAS Mexico comment: This announcement does not imply any changes to the preexisting access, largely
existent due to NAFTA. Increased access for other countries may result in an increase in competition. However,
due to the proximity between the U.S. and Mexico, the import of eggs from distant countries is likely to be
carefully scrutinized by potential importers before proceeding with imports. Besides the implicit zoo-sanitary
issues, transportation costs and timeframes to reach domestic distribution channels and shelf-life would be factors
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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
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information contained on the mentioned sites.