On December 19, 2012, Mexico's Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced it would allow a total of 80,000 metric tons (MT) of milk powder to be imported duty free.
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Milk Powder TRQ Announced - Little Effect on U.S.
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On December 19, 2012, Mexico's Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced it would allow a total of 80,000
metric tons (MT) of milk powder to be imported duty free from Most Favored Nations (MFN) as part of its
World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. The provisions included in this announcement will be
effective on January 1st, 2013. U.S. milk powder will continue to be granted unlimited duty-free access to
the Mexican market 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 announcements published in Mexico’s Diario Oficial (Federal Register)
on December 19, 2012.
SE announced in the Federal Register that Mexico, starting on January 2013, would allow a total of 80,000
metric tons (MT) of milk powder to be imported duty free from MFNs as part of its WTO commitments.
This announcement establishes the allocation mechanism which is to complement domestic supply for
Mexican milk powder processors. This TRQ announcement will be in effect on January 1st, 2013 until its
cancellation, which should be announced in the Diario Oficial when applicable.
H MFN .T.S. Number and Product TRQ
0402.10.01 Milk in powder or tablets, containing not more than or equal to 1.5 percent by
weight of butterfat. Without sugars or sweeteners 80,000 MT
0402.21.01 Milk in powder or tablets, containing more than 1.5 percent by weight of
butterfat. Without sugars or sweeteners
Under the WTO framework, this is the amount coming from countries identified as “Most Favored
Nation” (MFN) in compliance with the provisions of the list LXXVII-Mexico.
The mechanism through which the TRQ will be allocated is:
Be Allocation Quantity neficiaries M ation period echanism (MT) Applic
A. Public sector businesses supplying
m Up to November 30 of each ilk to low-income consumers, Direct 40,000
D —15 business days from the irect 36,086.4
B. P first business day of January rivate sector businesses that use
m of each year. ilk powder as an input and have
previously received TRQ allocations. First come, —15 business days from the
first business day of August
of each year.
C. Private sector businesses that use
—15 business days from the
ilk powder as an input and have not 1,000 first business day of January
previously received TRQ allocations. of each year.
First come, Second period
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first serve —15 business days from the
basis. first business day of August
of each year.
D. Business parties that hold a Border From the first business day
Company Registry located in the State D of each year until the last irect 2,913.6
of Quintana Roo or along the southern business day of February of
border region with Guatemala. each year.
The applications for the request of allocation of the cupos (import permits) must be submitted using form
SE-03-011-1 to 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: This action is based on WTO commitments and this TRQ is equal to previous years’
levels issued by Mexico. Thus, U.S. milk powder will not face additional international competition in the
Mexican market and U.S. firms will continue to be granted unlimited duty-free access to the Mexican market
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 process.
1. Publication Date: December 19, 2012.
2. Implementation Date: January 1, 2013.
3. Validity Period:
The validity period of the quota certificates for the beneficiaries, as described, in points A and D will
be the last day of December of each year;
The validity period of the quota certificates issued for the first period, as indicated in points B and C
will be the last day of July of each year;
The validity period the quota certificates issued for the second period, as indicated in points B and C
will be the last day of December of each year.
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.
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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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