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Mexico Postpones Scheduled MFN Duty Reduction for 94 Textile, Apparel and Footwear Items

The Mexican government unveiled a programme in December 2008 that established a schedule for the reduction in five annual stages of the most-favoured-nation duty rates on approximately 97 percent of manufactured imports. The most recent round of cuts took place on 1 January 2013 and was initially expected to include 171 tariff lines, including 114 apparel items of HS Chapters 61 and 62, eight textile made-ups of HS Chapter 63 and 49 footwear items of HS Chapter 64. However, the Mexican government on 31 December 2012 issued a decree that postpones until 1 January 2014 the entry into force of the import duty reduction (from 25 percent to 20 percent for apparel and textile made-ups and from 30 percent to 20 percent for footwear) for 94 of these tariff lines, including 73 apparel items, seven textile made-ups and 14 footwear items.

As a result of this action, goods classified under the following tariff lines will continue to be subject to a 25 percent MFN duty rate through the end of this year: 6101.30.99, 6102.30.99, 6103.43.99, 6104.63.99, 6105.10.01, 6105.10.99, 6105.20.01, 6106.10.01, 6106.10.99, 6106.20.99, 6107.11.01, 6107.12.01, 6107.21.01, 6108.21.01, 6108.22.01, 6108.31.01, 6108.32.01, 6109.10.01, 6109.90.01, 6110.20.01, 6110.20.99, 6110.30.02, 6110.30.99, 6111.20.01, 6111.30.01, 6112.12.01, 6112.41.01, 6115.95.01, 6115.96.01, 6201.11.01, 6201.12.99, 6201.13.99, 6201.92.99, 6201.93.99, 6202.11.01, 6202.12.99, 6202.13.99, 6202.92.99, 6202.93.99, 6203.11.01, 6203.12.01, 6203.31.01, 6203.32.01, 6203.33.99, 6203.41.01, 6203.42.99, 6203.43.99, 6203.49.01, 6204.32.01, 6204.33.99, 6204.42.99, 6204.43.99, 6204.44.99, 6204.52.01, 6204.53.99, 6204.62.01, 6204.62.99, 6204.63.99, 6204.69.01, 6204.69.99, 6205.20.99, 6205.30.99, 6205.90.99, 6206.30.01, 6206.40.99, 6206.90.99, 6207.11.01, 6209.20.01, 6209.30.01, 6211.11.01, 6212.10.01, 6212.20.01, 6212.30.01, 6301.40.01, 6302.21.01, 6302.22.01, 6302.31.01, 6302.32.01, 6302.60.01 and 6304.19.99. Goods falling under the following tariff lines will continue to be subject to a 30 percent duty rate: 6402.19.01, 6402.20.01, 6402.91.01, 6402.99.01, 6402.99.02, 6402.99.04, 6403.91.99, 6403.99.02, 6403.99.03, 6403.99.04, 6404.11.01, 6404.11.02, 6404.11.99 and 6404.19.02.

Conversely, the MFN duty on goods classified under the following tariff lines has been lowered to 20 percent effective 1 January 2013: 6107.22.01, 6112.31.01, 6115.22.01, 6115.29.01, 6201.13.02, 6201.91.01, 6201.93.01, 6202.13.02, 6202.91.01, 6202.93.01, 6203.19.01, 6203.19.99, 6203.22.01, 6203.23.01, 6203.33.01, 6203.39.01, 6203.39.03, 6203.39.99, 6203.43.01, 6204.22.01, 6204.23.01, 6204.31.01, 6204.33.01, 6204.39.03, 6204.59.01, 6204.61.01, 6204.63.01, 6204.69.03, 6206.90.01, 6207.21.01, 6207.22.01, 6208.21.01, 6208.22.01, 6210.20.01, 6210.30.01, 6210.40.01, 6210.50.01, 6211.32.01, 6211.33.01, 6301.90.01, 6401.92.99, 6402.19.02, 6402.19.03, 6402.19.99, 6402.99.03, 6402.99.05, 6403.19.02, 6403.40.01, 6403.51.01, 6403.51.02, 6403.51.99, 6403.59.02, 6403.59.99, 6403.91.01, 6403.91.02, 6403.91.03, 6403.99.01, 6403.99.05, 6404.11.03, 6404.19.01, 6404.19.03, 6404.19.99, 6405.20.99, 6406.10.01, 6406.10.02, 6406.10.03, 6406.10.04, 6406.10.05, 6406.10.06, 6406.10.07 and 6406.10.99.

Mexico's Ministry of Economy indicates that this duty reduction delay is designed to contribute to the consolidation of the production plans and models of the domestic textile and apparel sector so that it can better position itself in the domestic market, in line with the objectives of the industrial and commercial strategy of the Peña Nieto administration.

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