Avoid problems at customs when importing products into Mexico

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Avoid problems at customs when importing products into Mexico

Posted by: Patricia Carrillo
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Failure to complete an import process on time can have serious consequences for the importer, from the delay of a production line to the total loss of the merchandise if it is a perishable product.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance to prevent any contingency that may delay the clearance of the goods.

How do I know if I will have problems at customs when importing merchandise? This does not have to be a coin flip! It’s easy. Here I explain it to you.

This and other important tips can also be found in the article: “What I should know about buying abroad and importing products into Mexico”.

What is the harmonized code and what is it for?

There is a universal 6-digit code where your product is classified for customs purposes. That is, with these 6 digits at an international level, without even mentioning the description of your merchandise, you can know what product it is thanks to a code used by 120 countries known as Harmonized System

In addition to these 6 digits, each country has developed its own system of classification of goods by adding to the first 6 digits, other digits to finally have a complete classification of your product or “Customs Classification”.

For you, importer, it is very important that you investigate which is the tariff classification of your product. You can start with the first 6 digits, which most likely can be provided by your supplier if he is a regular exporter of this product.

However, the final tariff classification should be provided by a specialist customs classifier. It is extremely important that your product is classified correctly because it is a very serious matter for customs. Even this specialist will have to legally support customs, why that classification was chosen. And if it is not classified correctly, then yes, you are preparing for the nightmare: Possible fines or penalties, detention, or even confiscation of your merchandise.

Make sure your merchandise is properly classified

Once your merchandise is well classified by a tariff, then using the “Tarifa de la ley de los impuestos generales de importación y exportación (TIGIE)”, you can know the requirements that must be met before customs (it could be the compliance of any standard, certifications, some kind of specific importers register, or whatever applies) as well as the percentage of taxes to be paid. Well, it all says it all in the classification.

It is recommended that you research all this information before you make your purchase, so you can be sure that you can meet the customs requirements when your merchandise arrives. And above all, keep in mind the necessary budget so you can be sure that your business is still profitable.

At Hier Logistic Group, we have a team of highly experienced and trained classifiers who can help you classify your merchandise in a timely and correct manner to identify everything that customs will request. (Request the classification of your goods here).


Author: Patricia Carrillo
CEO Hier Logistic Group International Logistics Expert

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