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Goods (poultry meat) shipped for importation into Mexico shall comply with NOM-030-ZOO-1995 Mexican Standard. Therefore, in accordance therewith, it is important for the goods to meet the following items:

  • Boxes or packaging of goods shall be new.

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

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

  • 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. The presence of dirt or other residues on the floor, walls, ceiling will be a reason for rejection.

  • Make sure the temperature is appropriate depending on the state of the goods (fresh or frozen). Temperature for the frozen and chilled product are shown below in accordance to NOM-030-ZOO-1995 Mexican Standard in items 3.20 and 3.22.

  • Frozen: those which in the initial process are subjected to a temperature of -18°C (0°F) or below, during a necessary period of time for the thermal center to reach  -18°C (0°F) or below.

  • Refrigerated: those which in the initial process are subjected to refrigeration of +4°C to 17°C (40 °F to 63 °F).

  • To declare on the Origin Sanitary Certificate issued by FSIS the harvest date of animals on a day-by-day basis and not by periods of time, for example: January 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; instead of periods of time, for example: January 1-5.

  • The signature of the FSIS official who signs the origin sanitary certificate 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 with the Customs Broker that on the commercial invoice or translation of the invoice, the amount of goods is expressed in kilograms (as trading unit of measure) and not in pounds.

  • To verify that the lock or stamp declared on the origin sanitary certificate physically matches the one placed no on the transportation.

  • 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 prevent 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.

  • Whenever the goods have superimposed labels and the ones underneath do not match with the export animal health certificate, it shall be deemed as if the labels were NOT placed at the plant of origin and the shipment shall be rejected since there is not traceability certainty.

  • When there are different animal origin goods in one same container, aside from others regulated by the Ministry, the load may be accepted as long as there is physical separation among them preventing cross contamination.

  • If during the physical inspection, declared lots on the animal health certificate are found not to match the ones submitted, the shipment will be rejected, and only those correctly identified may be imported.

  • When an authority announces a change of model or format of the international animal health certificate, the previous formats may be accepted, as long as they have been issued before the change announcement, or before the end of the transition period announced by the authority considering transit times by different transportation means.

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

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

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