Mexican Customs regulations require that anyone engaged in commercial export or import must contract a Customs broker to perform Customs transactions. You will probably find it easier to complete all procedures in this manner, since Mexico's Customs procedures can be complicated. For example, documentation requirements and other regulations related to imports and exports vary by industry in Mexico. The only pieces of documentation required for all shipments are a bill of lading and a commercial invoice. Your broker will be able to instruct you as to the additional requirements your particular shipment must meet and will tell you what paperwork you need to complete.
DHL recommends that you do not seek a Customs broker on your own. Our personal advisors can review your shipping needs with you and put you in contact with a reputable broker who knows your industry and can provide the experience and services your particular business needs. With our extensive network of reliable and trustworthy brokers, we are able to find the broker best suited to your company’s export needs, and we are pleased to provide this service to our customers.
Export and Import Facts
- In 2009, Mexico's export volume was $230 billion f.o.b., and exports to the U.S. comprised 80% of the total.
- Leading exports include manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, and cotton
- Import volume was $230 billion f.o.b., and imports from the U.S. comprised 48% of the total
- Leading imports include metalworking machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, and electrical equipment, car parts for assembly, repair parts for motor vehicles, aircraft, and aircraft parts
Export/ Import Resources
Although the Mexican government publishes most online business information in Spanish only, this website, prepared by the state of Nuevo Leon (home to the city of Monterrey, an international business center) provides information and export problem resolution in English.
Mexico's bilateral chambers of commerce offer some opportunities for networking that can help you establish new connections with importers in Mexico or with businesses in other countries whose goods you want to import.
This World Bank table provides a breakdown of the number of days required for each step in the process of exporting goods from Mexico or importing goods into Mexico.
This international business network offers a variety of services, including sector/industry development both within individual countries and internationally. Its members include businesses in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.
Bilateral chambers of commerce in Mexico include: