February 03, 2023
On February 1, the Mexican Ministry of Economy announced via the official Twitter account of the National Trade Integration System (SNICE) that it has published an Excel file of the Unified Tariff Schedule, which lists not only tariff rates but also whether they are subject to non-tariff regulations, on the SNICE website external site, which opens in a new window. The tariff rate table is available on the SNICE's website. In addition to the general (MFN) tariff rates, the tariff table also lists whether the country is subject to tariff exemptions for inflation control, whether it is subject to preferential tariffs under the Program for the Promotion of Production by Industry Sector (PROSEC, see note), and whether it is subject to special The following information is available for each HS code: whether it is a sensitive item subject to preferential tariffs under the Production Promotion Program (PROSEC), whether it is subject to special requirements for temporary imports using the Industrial Program for Manufacturing and Maquiladora Services for Exports (IMMEX), whether it is subject to the implementation of Mexico's Official Standards (NOM) when imported, whether it is subject to non-tariff regulations by the Ministry of Economy, Energy, Health, Defense, etc., whether it is subject to antidumping duties, etc. and whether the item is subject to anti-dumping (AD) tax, etc., by HS code. See the attached document for specific information to be posted.
The Ministry of Economy used to provide this information by HS code to the Customs Information System via the Internet (SIAVI) external website, which opens in a new window, but this website is no longer updated for various reasons after February 2022. As a result, the free website that allowed users to search not only tariff rates by HS code, but also non-tariff regulations and preferential tariff rates had virtually disappeared. Now, the Mexican Ministry of Economy has created a new unified tariff table in Excel file format, which is expected to replace SIAVI by providing trade operators with a convenient tool to list non-tariff regulations and other information based on the latest HS 2022 version of HS codes.
No listing of preferential tariff rates that revert to FTAs
In addition to free trade agreements (FTAs) with 51 countries around the world, Mexico has economic complementarity agreements (ACEs) with Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Cuba, which limit the items subject to tariff reductions within the framework of the Latin American Integration Alliance (ALADI). As a result, lower tariff rates than the general tariff rates are applied to imports from many countries, and while these preferential tariff rates were also known by HS code in the SIAVI, the preferential tariff rates of the trade agreements are not listed in the unified tariff rate table published in this issue. Therefore, in order to find out these, it is necessary to individually download from the web of the Federal Gazette the economic ministerial ordinances published in the Federal Gazette from August to December 2022, which publish the preferential tariff rates for each agreement based on the latest HS codes.
In addition, a column has been added to the Integrated Tariff Schedule indicating the presence or absence of AD taxes, which was not included in the SIAVI, but it only states that AD taxes are imposed, and it is not possible to know the specific AD taxes imposed on the products of any country. The only way to find this out is to download a PDF file of the list of items subject to AD tax from the website of the International Trade Measures Unit (UPCI) of the Ministry of Economy.
(Note: Mexico offers producers in 24 industries that promote domestic production a reduction in duties on raw materials, components, and machinery and equipment that are not fully produced domestically; companies that produce products listed in Article 4 of the PROSEC Decree may now register in the relevant industry, and registered companies will be able to receive The registered companies are allowed to import parts, raw materials, and machinery and equipment at the preferential tariff rates for the industries listed in Article 5.