25 May 2012
Additional Details on Mexico-China Agreement on Footwear Trade
Mexico's Ministry of Economy announced 28 March that Mexico and mainland China had agreed to establish a set of conditions to manage imports of mainland Chinese footwear into Mexico. In exchange, the Mexican footwear sector committed not to file a safeguard action against mainland Chinese footwear. The agreement entered into force on 1 May but has not been published in Mexico's official journal because it is a private deal between the ME and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Light Industrial Products and Arts-Crafts, which is the organisation responsible for certifying exports of mainland Chinese footwear to Mexico. Nonetheless, AAFA has obtained and shared an English copy of a bulletin on the agreement issued by CCCLA.
Highlights of the agreement are as follows.
- The agreement covers footwear classified under HTSMX 6401.10.01 (US$13.00), 6401.92.01 (US$4.12), 6402.19.01 (US$12.00), 6402.19.02 (US$11.00), 6402.19.03 (US$7.00), 6402.20.01 (US$2.33), 6402.91.01 ($12.50), 6402.99.01 (US$3.00), 6402.99.02 (US$11.00), 6402.99.03 (US$12.00), 6402.99.04 ($11.00), 6402.99.05 (US$7.00), 6402.99.99 (US$10.00), 6403.19.02 (US$25.69), 6403.40.01 (US$32.00), 6403.91.01 (US$31.00), 6403.91.02 (US$16.00), 6403.91.03 ($17.84), 6403.91.99 ($28.00), 6403.99.02 (US$14.00), 6403.99.03 (US$28.00), 6403.99.04 (US$21.00), 6403.99.05 ($15.00), 6404.11.01 (US$12.35), 6404.11.02 (US$10.31), 6404.11.99 ($7.42), 6404.19.01 ($8.50), 6404.19.02 (US$7.85), 6404.19.03 (US$5.50), 6404.19.99 (US$7.00) and 6405.20.99 (US$1.68). The agreed minimum export (FOB) price for each item is shown in brackets in US$ per pair.
- Exporters in mainland China must complete an application form with the name of the merchandise, HS code, specification, quantity and unit price. Documents that must be submitted to CCCLA include the application form, export contract and proforma invoice or commercial invoice.
- CCCLA will examine and certify the export contract and the proforma or commercial invoice. CCCLA will examine the unit prices and relevant clauses in the export contract and certify only the prices that are higher than the reference prices listed above.
- CCCLA will send the certified export contract and proforma or commercial invoice by mail to the exporter in three working days. CCCLA will also inform in two working days all exporters whose documents it has decided not to certify.
- Exporters need to reapply for certification if the export contract, proforma invoice or commercial invoice are changed before the actual exportation takes place.