In response to the recent gas price increase in Mexico, a blockade of the United States – Mexico border crossings on the Mexican side has been planned by protesters for this Friday, January 20, 2017. This blockade will have an impact on border crossings leading up to this event and over the duration of the weekend.
In response to this, and in accordance with the Mexican Customs Law, the General Customs Administration has made arrangements for the following (translated from notice):
- On January 17, 18, and 19 2017, MX Customs will be authorizing all service requests needed to process and dispatch all requests.
- On Friday, January 20, 2017, as MX Customs considers it necessary, traffic flow may be limited including commercial and non-commercial traffic at all bridges being affected by the blockage in order to protect the safety of individuals and avoid potential confrontations.
- On Saturday, January 21, 2017, and Sunday, January 22, 2017, MX Customs will authorize all services that are necessary to clear import and export shipments which have been affected by this protest.
- On Saturday, January 21, 2017, and Sunday, January 22, 2017, Customs will be expanding the hours of operations for non-commercial traffic to bridges that may have been affected. As well, alternative options will be provided as needed.
- DODA QR will be disabled.
- Customs will allow merchandise being imported or exported to use a different port other than that declared on the Pedimento, as long as full coordination between all ports involved in the process is taken.
- Grant the facilities provided in General Rules of Foreign Trade, avoiding acts of annoyance to the users.
- As additional support Lic. Francisco Javier Antonio Martinez (Ext.40890, ppt: 21837) will be the contact with Law enforcement officials from FEDERAL POLICE, SEDENA and SEMAR.
Please find the original notice regarding this disruption issued by the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público and Service and Servicio de Administración Tributaria here.
Frequently asked questions:
Are there any instructions on how the requests for ‘extraordinary service’ will work?
- MX Customs has not advised on the requirement process. As soon as the instructions are provided, Buckland will inform you right away via email.
Does it mean we can cross the border through any port if we have a Pedimento for the Laredo port?
- The ability to change the port of export/import is not clear at the moment or if it will apply only during the contingency weekend.
Does the ‘extraordinary service’ operate 24 hours a day during this weekend?
- The Bulletin from the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público and Service and Servicio de Administración Tributaria does not clarify the hours for the ‘extraordinary service’, however, once information is available it will be shared.
Please reach out to our Buckland Laredo office if you have any other questions regarding this planned disruption at (956) 724-4463 or contact your customer service representative assigned to your account directly.