ANNOUNCEMENT 06 Aug 2009

In August 2009, the government of Mexico announced an altered import quota.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE



Mexican Ministry of Economy:

ACUERDO por el que se da a conocer el cupo y mecanismo de asignaci?n para importar az?car en 2009 (published in Official Gazette of 6 August 2009): http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5101828&fecha=06/08/2009

ACUERDO por el que se da a conocer el cupo y mecanismo de asignaci?n para importar az?car clasificado en las fracciones 1701.11.01 y 1701.11.02 de la Tarifa de la Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importaci?n y de Exportaci?n en 2009 (published in Official Gazette of 7 September 2009): http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5108365&fecha=07/09/2009

ACUERDO por el que se da a conocer el cupo adicional y el mecanismo de asignaci?n para importar az?car en 2009 (published in Official Gazette of 18 September 2009): http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5110418&fecha=18/09/2009


Inception date: 01 Aug 2009 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2009
Still in force

Import quota

On August 6 2009, the Mexican Ministry of Economy established two import quotas for up to 393 thousand tons of refined sugar classified under the following tariff codes of the Mexican Harmonized System: 1701.99.01, 1701.99.02 and 1701.99.99. These quotas will remain in effect from August 1 to December 31, 2009.
 
In accordance with the publication, the first import quota of 353.7 thousand tons may be used by the exporters of all countries. Imports of refined sugar to Mexico entering under this quota are subject to a tariff of 0.03650266 dollars per kilogram.
 
The second import quota can only be used to import up to 39.3 thousand tons of refined sugar duty-free originating from Nicaragua. This quota is the result of Mexico's commitments under the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and Nicaragua (FTA). In particular, Annex 2 of Article 4-04 of the FTA and Decision No. 7 of the Administrative Commission of the Agreement provides that, if in any given year Mexico needs to import sugar it shall grant to Nicaraguan exporters at least 10% of its needs.
 
On September 7, 2009, the Mexican authorities established two new import quotas for raw sugar classified under the following tariff codes of the Mexican Harmonized System: 1701.11.01 and 1701.11.02. These quotas will remain in effect from September to December 31, 2009.
 
In accordance with the publication, the first import quota of raw sugar of up to 186.3 thousand tons may be used by the exporters of all countries. Imports of this type of sugar to Mexico entering under this quota are subject to the Most Favored Nation tariff. The second import quota can only be used to import up to 20.7 thousand tons of refined sugar.
 
On September 18, 2009, the Mexican authorities increased in thefollowing manner the amount of refined sugar that can be imported intoMexico under the aforementioned quotas:

  • An additional 270 thousand tons for the quota applicable to imports of all countries; and
  • An additional 30 thousand tons for the quota applicable to imports originating in Nicaragua.

 
GTA thanks a representative of the Government of Mexico for clarifyingthe nature of this measure. Further investigation on our part confirmedthe points made to the GTA by this representative.

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