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Mexico Exempts Certain Low-Risk Products from Ministry of Health Import Requirements

The Mexican government has amended the list of products that must comply with certain sanitary requirements administered by the Ministry of Health by exempting 573 low-risk medical devices and consumer products from the requirement to submit a prior import authorisation or sanitary information. Products exempted to date (1,699 products in October 2012 and 573 products in September 2015) represent approximately 5,400 million pesos in international trade transactions and account for 16.2 percent of the products that were previously covered by Ministry of Health requirements. Among the products deregulated to date are certain toothpastes, therapeutic clay and silicon to simulate gums, certain dehumidifiers, cornea washing units, eyeglasses, and acupuncture pearls and patches.

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