Exporting from the U.S. to Mexico
On December 26, 2020, the Mexican government passed a regulation* (hereinafter referred to as, “the Regulation”) that will affect specific organic agricultural exports entering Mexico as of January 1, 2022. The full text, which includes an annex listing the affected organic products, is available HERE. You will find the product listings in Tables (b) through (f) of Annex 1. Please be aware that the Regulation and the tables in Annex 1 are in Spanish.
Which organic products will be affected by this new Mexican Export Regulation?
The organic products that will be subject to the Regulation as of January 1, 2022 include, but are not limited to those raw or minimally processed products of both vegetable and animal origin that are listed individually by product type within Annex 1, Tables (b) through (f). These include, but are not limited to, products such as fresh or frozen meats, live animals, dairy products, fresh, frozen or dried vegetable and fruit products, nuts, seeds, grains, coffee, spices, flours, seeds and planting material.
What will be required in order to export these products for sale as organic in Mexico after January 25, 2021?
Beginning on January 1, 2022, products that appear in Annex 1, Tables (b) through (f) of the Regulation must present an organic certificate that shows that they are certified to Mexico’s organic standards under the Organic Products Law (LPO) and be accompanied by a transaction certificate (TC) emitted by an LPO-approved certification body at time of importation. Oregon Tilth is an approved certification body authorized to grant this certification.
The transaction certificate template and instructions are available below. Should you be interested in certification to Mexico’s organic standards, please contact your Certification Services Team for further information.