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Indication and Warnings on Goods

Goods (poultry meat) shipped for importation into Mexico shall comply with the following:

  • Boxes or packages shall be arranged and sealed so that during transportation they do not move, flip over, break or get crushed.

  • Make sure that what is physically sent matches the documentation submitted.

  • Palettize and arrange goods appropriately for safety, as well as to have an easy and agile deconsolidation and physical inspection by the authority.

  • The Mexican health authority inspects 100% of goods to be imported. Thus, it is key that each box is dully placed, clean, closed, in order and with fully visible and readable labeling information.

  • Labels shall be made of a resistant and durable material with sufficient glue to withstand movement and handling of boxes, as well as to withstand the temperature and humidity in the container.

  • To thoroughly check the box or container in order to verify it was completely cleaned and sanitized before the shipping of goods, as well as identify and note any possible damages.

  • Make sure the temperature is appropriate depending on the state of the goods (dried, fresh or frozen).

  • The signature of USDA’s official who signs the sanitary certificate of origin shall be using a blue-ink ballpoint pen.

  • If the lot numbers are different and/or very lengthy and do not fit in the origin sanitary certificate, a second or third certificates shall be used.

  • To verify that the lock or stamp declared on the origin sanitary certificate physically matches the one placed no on the transportation; do not break or open until reviewed by the Mexican Customs.

  • On the labels, declare the packing, harvest and expiration dates using the following format: day/month/year.

  • It is forbidden to enter frozen or fresh product into Mexico contained in primary packaging which in turn are contained in secondary packaging which DOES NOT allow for the verification of the labeling of each individual primary packaging.

  • Labels shall not be adhered onto the plastic wrapped around the boxes.

  • Before shipping of the goods, it is important to send to the Customs Broker all required documentation, as well as the photographic support of the load, labels and origin sanitary certificate to make sure all is correct.

  • To avoid marking and/or crossing out information with a marker on the boxes, since it may be considered as altered information.

  • When an origin sanitary certificate replacement is requested, all duplicates shall be turned in.

  • To avoid to affix or adhere stamps and information different from that pertaining to the goods.

  • Mexican Customs requires that invoices and certificates of Country of Origin show full addresses, including the city/state and the postal code.

  • It is recommended to have a temperature monitor or to record temperature to prove before authorities in case of discrepancies.

  • Health certificates shall be registered or processed using a text processor or in a computer. The health certificate number shall also come from a text processor or computer. Hand-written documents shall be rejected. Mexico shall not accept hand-written corrections, erasures, text out of line, corrections or crossing-outs.

  • All health certificates for live animals exported to Mexico SHALL NOT have abbreviations–except for: abbreviations by the issuer, the consignee and the accredited veterinarian, and endorser (of VMO field). This includes, without limitation:

Dates: "January” is accepted, but “Jan” is not.

State names: The whole word shall be used, and not a two-letter abbreviation.

Ages: “months” or “year” is correct.

  • The cold chain shall be maintained for table eggs during the entire process, i.e. until the final point of sale.

  • Some pasteurized dried egg products are exempt from Value Added Tax in Mexico. It is important to contract an experienced Customs Broker and verify if the product is eligible.

  • To export fully cooked eggs to Mexico, the plant shall be included in the Processed Eggs and Egg Products Export Verification Program (PEEPEV).

  • Table eggs shall be packed in new cardboard boxes sealed with tape, or packaged in cardboard cartons. They shall be stacked over disinfected pallets and plastic-wrapped for stability. Each box or pallet with cardboard cartons shall be identified with USDA’s stamp.

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