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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