20 Jan 2017
Mexico Extends Import Restrictions on Used Motor Vehicles
Mexico’s Ministry of Economy announced on 26 December 2016 that the Mexican government has decided to extend until 31 December 2017 the current restrictions on used motor vehicle imports because the conditions that motivated the establishment of those restrictions remain in place.
Mexico’s import regime for used motor vehicles currently affects vehicles classified under HTSMX 8701.20.02, 8702.10.05, 8702.90.06, 8703.21.02, 8703.22.02, 8703.23.02, 8703.24.02, 8703.31.02, 8703.32.02, 8703.33.02, 8703.90.02, 8704.21.04, 8704.22.07, 8704.23.02, 8704.31.05, 8704.32.07 and 8705.40.02. Among other things, used motor vehicles may not be imported into Mexico if their circulation is restricted or prohibited in their country of origin, if they have been reported as stolen, or when the vehicle does not comply with all applicable physico-mechanical properties and environmental protection requirements. Mexican customs authorities have the authority to work with their foreign counterparts and require information and documentation from motor vehicle importers to ensure that any motor vehicle imports comply with these requirements. Current import regulations for used motor vehicles also provide reduced duty treatment to subject merchandise whose vehicle identification number corresponds to a vehicle manufactured or assembled in Mexico, the United States and/or Canada.