Mexico announced proposed changes to its milk powder import procedures under the “Agreement under which the Secretariat of Economy emits rules and criteria to the general characterization of Foreign Trade”. Stakeholders should submit comments as instructed in the notification before Thursday, November 26, 2020.
On September 28, 2020, Mexico notified the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee of its intent to modify the “Acuerdo por el que la Secretaría de Economía emite reglas y criterios de carácter general en materia de Comercio Exterior” (“Agreement under which the Secretariat of Economy emits rules and criteria to the general characterization of Foreign Trade”), with effects on milk powder products listed under Harmonized System Codes 0402.10.01 and 0402.21.01.
(Link to notice G/TBT/N/MEX/477).
Notably, the changes would establish a new process in which the aforementioned products will require verification of the laboratories issuing the conformity assessment certificates (regulated under Mexican regulation NOM-222) accompanying milk powder shipments before being released by Mexican Customs at any point of entry. Initial public comments regarding potential delays and other disruptions to Mexico’s milk powder trade due to these proposed changes can be accessed via Mexico’s Commission on Regulatory Improvements at http://220.127.116.11/portales/resumen/50003.
Click HERE for a Spanish-language copy of Mexico’s notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a non-official, courtesy English translation. — Daniel Alvarado, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service