ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
Import-related non-tariff measure, nes
On 29 August 2014, the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) introduced a decree including 8 policies restricting the importation of footwear, effective as of 30 August 2014.
According to the Mexican government, the policies are supposed to combat the unfair competition in the said sector. The aforementioned decree set the foundation for those policies and has been continuously complemented with regulations detailing the tariff lines and requirements.
1. Duty reduction suspended
A previous decree reducing the import duty on footware has been nullified. The reduced import tariffs were suspended on 30 August 2014 until 31 January 2019. The new tariffs lie between 25% and 30% of the customs value instead of 20%. See also measures #774 and #3961 under Related Measures for previous decrees reducing the duties.
2. Reference prices
Estimated prices, i.e., references prices, have been reestablished. Importers are obliged to pay the difference in case the price of the imported good is below the reference price set by the government. The prices are listed in a resolution by the SHCP published on 5 September 2014 (effective 1 October 2014).
3. Reduction of points of entry
Instead of 33, now only 9 customhouses are exclusively assigned to deal with shoe imports. The according regulation was published on 1 September 2014 (effective 1 October 2014).
4. Sector specific registry
Importers have to be inscribed on a sector-specific registry, otherwise they are not allowed to import shoes. The respective regulation stipulating the sectors was published on 1 September 2014 and was effective as of 1 October 2014.
5. Advance notice
Importers have to notice their orders in advance. The Fiscal Administration Service (Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SAT) will review the invoices, freight costs, insurances, and cargo documents in order to screen imports for undervalued products.
The requested data and affected tariff lines are listed in an agreement published on 8 January 2015 and 5 February 2015, effective as of 19 January 2015. Import permits are only required when the import price is below the reference price set by the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit.
Imported goods will be audited for compliance at the customs offices and posterior to that.
Like in other sectors, the SAT is going to designate observers by the Chamber of the Footwear Industry to control the goods at the customhouses. In a first move, 10 observers of the industry will be appointed.
8. 10-digit codes
Instead of an 8-digit tariff code, the SAT will use 10-digits in order to better estimate potential undervaluations.
⚑ Please report this page in case you detect an inaccuracy in its content.