08-22-2019 - UPDATE: Import Certificate from COFEPRIS is NOT REQUIRED for Canadian Hemp Seed and Oil

CHTA UPDATE
 
Mexico's Central Customs Office Sends Correspondence Indicating Import Certificate from COFEPRIS is NOT REQUIRED for Canadian Hemp Seed and Oil Exports
 
August 22, 2019 - The purpose of this message is to provide an update on the situation related to imports of Canadian hemp products into Mexico (see below for original MASS message from April 3, 2019).
 
Mexico's Central Customs Office has recently indicated to a Mexican importer (correspondence was shared with Embassy) that, in their view, Canadian hemp seed and oil do not require an import permit from Mexico's Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). On this basis, a shipment of Canadian hemp seed that was stuck at the Laredo, Texas border was recently released and approved for import into Mexico after being on hold for several weeks.
 
Mexico's Central Customs Office noted in its correspondence that only hemp proteins classified as nutritional supplements (HS code 2106.90.99) require a sanitary import permit from COFEPRIS (standard procedure to obtain an import permit for products regulated by COFEPRIS applies).
 
The Canadian Embassy to Mexico strongly recommends that Canadian hemp exporters use the Nuevo Laredo border crossing for hemp oil and hemp seed products given that the Nuevo Laredo Customs Office has been made aware of the above-mentioned letter and it's content, Embassy representatives have met with them and educated them about hemp products, and a shipment of Canadian hemp seed and oil was recently imported through this border crossing.
 
If Canadian exporters choose to use of a different border crossing, it is strongly recommended that the Canadian exporter consult with their Mexican importer beforehand so that the importer can confirm that the Mexican Customs Authority is aware of the above mentioned letter and it's contexts at that border crossing.
 
For additional information or details about the letter from Mexico's Central Customs Office, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Alejandro Ruiz, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Embassy to Mexico (Alejandro.ruiz@international.gc.ca or via telephone at 011 52 55 57247989).
 
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April 4, 2019
COFEPRIS Revokes the Guidelines for Products Derived from Cannabis – Access for Canadian Hemp Foods to Mexico Unclear
 
On March 27, 2019, Mexico's Ministry of Health announced through its Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) that it has revoked the "Guidelines" ("lineamientos", in Spanish) for the import and distribution of products derived from cannabis, including industrial hemp.
 
The guidelines were originally published in October 2018 by the former Mexican Administration.
 
The Ministry of Health has indicated that this move is necessary due to inconsistencies between the current legal framework related to Cannabis and it has stated that COFEPRIS will work on harmonizing the current legal framework and will review the authorizations that had been granted by the previous Administration for the sale of products derived from cannabis to determine whether they remain valid.
 
The Canadian Embassy to Mexico (Post) is working with COFEPRIS to clarify access conditions for Canadian hemp foods into Mexico. However, representatives at Post caution that until this issue is clarified, shipments are at risk of being stopped and detained or rejected at the border.
 
We strongly recommend that Canadian exporters contact their Mexican importers to clarify the situation that applies to the import of their goods into Mexico.
 
We will keep you updated as this issue progresses.
 
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Thank you.
 
Market Access Secretariat | Secrétariat à l'accès aux marchés
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
1341 Baseline Road, T5-3-351 | 1341, chemin Baseline, T5-3-351
Ottawa, Ontario | Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0C5
E-mail Address | Adresse courriel: aafc.mas-sam.aac@canada.ca
Facsimile | Télécopieur 613-773-0199
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada