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Practical Guide to Prevent Your Products from Being Held at Mexican Customs, 2024

| It is important to meet certain requirements and procedures to prevent holds at customs. In this article, we teach you the steps to avoid this from happening to you. If it has already happened, don’t worry! We also share some tips to solve the problem.

Complete and Accurate Documentation

Make sure you have all the necessary documents, such as the commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, and any additional required certificates (such as certificates of origin or quality). It is essential that these documents are accurate and correctly completed.

Importers Registry

You must be registered in the Importers Registry. This registration is mandatory to be able to import goods into Mexico. If you are not registered, your products may be held.

Customs Broker

You can hire a customs broker who will help you manage customs clearance and ensure that all documents and procedures are in order. Customs brokers are trained to handle complex procedures and avoid errors that could cause holds.

Review of Regulations and Restrictions

Familiarize yourself with the specific regulations and restrictions for the products you are importing. Some products may be subject to additional regulations or even prohibitions. Check the current regulations at the Ministry of Economy and ensure you meet all legal requirements.

Payment of Taxes and Duties

Calculate and prepay the corresponding taxes and duties. Failure to pay these taxes may result in your goods being held. Use tools like the Customs Duty Calculator to estimate additional costs.

Inspection and Quality

Ensure that your products meet the country’s quality and safety standards. Goods that do not meet the standards may be held for further inspection.

If your products have already been held, you are probably wondering why. Well, it’s simple: Customs can hold your package if it identified that it meets some non-tariff regulation or restriction, or because it was determined that it must be imported through a Customs Broker.

What to Do if Your Package Is Held?

If your products have already been held, you can follow these steps to release them:

  1. Receipt of the Shipping Email: You will receive an email with the approval of the SAD (Single Administrative Document) and the necessary warnings to release the package.
  2. Arrival Notice: The carrier will send you a letter called “Arrival Notice of Postal Shipment Subject to Customs Procedures”.
  3. Filling and Sending Documents: Fill in the received letter, scan it, and send it back as soon as possible.
  4. Review of Documents: Wait for your documents to be reviewed and approved. If there is any problem, they will notify you.
  5. Verification of Shipment Status: Check the status of your shipment on the online portal of the courier or transport company handling your shipment.
  6. Payment of Requested Amount: Once the shipment status indicates it is ready, proceed to pay the requested amount to release the package from customs.

By following these steps and ensuring that you meet all requirements, you can prevent your products from being held at customs and ensure a smoother and more efficient import process.

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