Mexican Ministry of Economy: Procedures and Measures Update

01 April 2020 Blog
Authors: Marcos Carrasco Menchaca Alejandro N Gomez-Strozzi Javier Valenzuela Padilla
Published To: Coronavirus Resource Center:Back to Business Dashboard Insights

On March 26, 2020, the Agreement by which terms are suspended in the Ministry of Economy and administrative measures are established to contain the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 was published in the Mexican Federal Official Gazette.

Through said agreement, the Ministry orders the suspension of terms that are substantiated in accordance with the Federal Law of Administrative Procedure (LFPA), however, it clarifies that the following procedures and proceedings will continue operating normally: (i) procedures on matters of international unfair trade practices followed before the Unit of International Trade Practices (UPCI, acronyms correspond to names in Spanish); (ii) procedures on matters of foreign trade under the jurisdiction of the Directorate General of Trade Facilitation and Foreign Trade (DGCE); (iii) procedures and proceedings of the Directorate General of Standards (DGN); (iv) National Registry of Foreign Investments (RNIE); and (v) Unit of Productive Development related to supports granted by the National Entrepreneur Fund.

Proceedings before the Directorate General for Trade Facilitation and Foreign Trade (DGCE)

Through memos 414.2020.654 dated March 20, 2020 and 414.2020.826 dated March 26, 2020, the DGCE published a series of measures that are to be followed as a result of current health situation.

Primarily, the DGCE announced various measures for the continuity of procedures within its competence, such as the IMMEX Program, PROSEC, Automatic Notices for Importation of Steel Products, Certificates of Origin and notices, among others.

In addition, through memo 414.2020.827 dated March 26, 2020, the DGCE also established a series of administrative facilitations that are applicable to individuals who intend to import goods subject to compliance with Mexican Official Standards (NOMs).

By virtue of such measure, individuals may import goods having filed requests to a certification body or verification unit, without having to wait for a response (certificate of conformity or compliance opinion). To do so, the certification body must transmit through the respective platform the admission number that guarantees that the certification request was duly filed by the importer. 

In the event of not obtaining the certificate of conformity or compliance opinion, as the case may be, the goods may not continue to be imported with the filing admission number (the authorities will be entitled to establish customs procedures as a consequence).


Secretaría de Economía: Establecimiento de Medidas y Procedimientos

El 26 de marzo de 2020 se publicó en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Acuerdo por el que se suspenden términos en la Secretaría de Economía y se establecen medidas administrativas para contener la propagación del coronavirus COVID-19.

A través de dicho acuerdo la Secretaría ordena la suspensión de los términos que se sustancien conforme a la Ley Federal de Procedimiento Administrativo, sin embargo, aclara que los siguientes procedimientos y trámites continuarán sus operaciones normales: (i) los procedimientos en materia de prácticas desleales de comercio internacional seguidos ante la Unidad de Prácticas Comerciales Internacionales; (ii) trámites en materia de comercio exterior competencia de la Dirección General de Facilitación Comercial y de Comercio Exterior; (iii) trámites y procedimientos de la Dirección General de Normas; (iv) Registro Nacional de Inversiones Extranjeras; y (v) Unidad de Desarrollo Productivo relacionados con apoyos otorgados por el Fondo Nacional del Emprendedor.

Trámites ante la Dirección General de Facilitación Comercial y de Comercio Exterior

Mediante oficio número 414.2020.654 de 20 de marzo de 2020 y oficio número 414.2020.826 de 26 de marzo de 2020, la Dirección General de Facilitación Comercial y de Comercio Exterior publicó una serie de medidas a seguir a raíz de la situación particular que enfrenta el país en materia sanitaria.

Primordialmente, la Dirección General anunció diversas medidas para la continuidad de los trámites de su competencia, tales como Programa IMMEX, PROSEC, Avisos Automáticos de importación de productos siderúrgicos, Certificados de origen, avisos, entre otros.

Por otra parte, mediante el diverso oficio 414.2020.827 de 26 de marzo de 2020, la citada Dirección General también estableció una serie de facilidades administrativas aplicable a los particulares que pretenden importar mercancías sujetas al cumplimiento de Normas Oficiales Mexicanas.

Al respecto, los particulares podrán efectuar las importaciones de mercancías con las solicitudes que hayan sido ingresadas ante el organismo de certificación o unidad de verificación, sin necesidad de esperar a la emisión de una respuesta (certificado de conformidad o dictamen de cumplimiento). Para ello, el organismo de certificación y/o la unidad de verificación deberán transmitir a través de la plataforma respectiva el folio que avale que efectivamente el trámite fue ingresado por parte del particular.

En el supuesto de no obtener el certificado de conformidad o dictamen de cumplimiento, según sea el caso, no podrán seguir importándose las mercancías con el folio obtenido conforme al párrafo anterior (sin perjuicio de que las autoridades instauren procedimientos aduaneros por virtud de ello).

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