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U.S. and Mexico Enter Mutual Recognition Arrangement

On October 17, 2014, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) signed a mutual recognition arrangement aimed at linking CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and SAT’s New Certified Companies Scheme (NEEC).  The arrangement is intended to help secure and facilitate global cargo trade.

Benefits for program members will include:

  • Fewer exams when shipping cargo
  • A faster validation process
  • Common standards
  • Efficiency for Customs and business
  • Transparency between Customs administrations
  • Business resumption
  • Front-of-the-line processing
  • Marketability

Earlier this year, the U.S. and Mexico entered another partnership aimed at promoting the safety of fresh agricultural products.  The two countries are forming multiple partnerships related to trade since Mexico is one of the United States’ largest trading partners.  In 2013, Mexico was the 3rd largest supplier of imports to the US and was the 2nd largest market for US exports.

Though partnerships are making trade between the two countries safer and easier, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has plentiful requirements for foreign companies distributing food and beverages, drugs, medical devices, or cosmetics in the United States.  FDA and CBP work together at U.S. ports of entry to ensure compliance.  Mexican companies must register with FDA, follow strict labeling requirements, and maintain a U.S. Agent for FDA communications.

Registrar Corp, an FDA compliance firm, can assist Mexican companies with all of these requirements and more.  Visit our site to see all of the services we offer.  If you have any questions about FDA regulations for companies located outside the U.S., contact Registrar Corp at 1-757-224-0177 or speak to a Regulatory Specialists 24 hours a day at: http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.