How to Export from Mexico? Read more to learn the basic requirements for exporting your goods to other countries.
Exportation is the legal shipment of domestic or nationalized goods to another country for consumption. Exporting is a type of selling, and like in any business, it represents determination, dedication, and true compromise.
Types of exportation
Mexican Customs Law outlines two types of exportation:
– Definitive export. This is when Mexican goods are shipped to another country in order to remain there for an unlimited amount of time.
– Temporary export. This is when Mexican goods are shipped to another country for a limited amount of time and for a specific purpose.
Preparing to export: What documents do I need?
In order to complete the export process, the Ministry of Economy will require you to provide certain documents. Some of these documents are issued by authorities such as the Mexican tax administration (SAT), the Mexican Industrial Property Institute (Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial, or IMPI), and the Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía).
The first thing to do is register in the Federal Taxpayer Registry, either as an individual or a legal entity.
You will also need the following:
- Commercial invoice for the products
- Registry of Exporters by Industry (this is only necessary if the goods are alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, cigarettes, or iron ore)
- Certificate of origin
- Packing list, identifying the contents and type of goods
- Transportation documents:
- Air: waybill or air waybill
- Ocean: bill of lading
- Ground: consignment note
- Insurance policy
- Documents proving compliance with non-tariff measures, both in Mexico and the destination market
- Country of Origin Marking
- Industrial property registry and trademarks
- Letter of instruction to the customs broker
- Customs documents (this step should be completed by your customs broker in order to clear the goods)
All of the processes related to customs clearance, whether for imports or exports, must be done through Mexico’s foreign trade web page available in Spanish and English, Ventanilla Digital Mexicana de Comercio Exterior.