On April 11, 2013, the Department of the Economy published in the Federal Official Gazette a “Ruling amending an earlier Ruling approving the templates to be used for filing applications with the Department of Economy, the National Metrology Center, the Mexican Geological Service, the Mining Development Trust and the Federal Consumer Protection Agency,” aimed to adjust the templates used for applying import and export permits under a Ruling dated March 22, 1999, in order to implement the Mexican digital single-window (ventanilla digital mexicana) System, which more and more has proved its efficiency in reducing the times required for processing applications filed with the Department of the Economy, by making use of advanced information technologies.

Notwithstanding the above, it is important to take into account that the new templates quietly introduced new requirements for the issuance of certain import and export permits, thereby creating adverse economic consequences for certain importers and exporters. For example, in the case of the chemical industry, and also in the case of manufacturers of rubber and plastic products, pharmacochemical products, medicines and medical equipment, applications now require information on the name of the substances to be imported, their CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) numbers, their structural or molecular formulae, their composition and main ingredients, purity grades and additives, as well as concentration state and levels by package or container, depending on the means of transportation. For the bulk importation of LPG, it will be necessary to file a copy of the storage services agreement, the storage permit and agreement, the transportation permit, and the distribution permit, as applicable.

For iron ore exports, the exploitation program detailing the works and jobs involved must now be provided, as well as a certificate of registration of the exporter in the Public Mining Registry, together with an statement of proven reserves, georeferenced map, field visit, designation or appointment of a responsible engineer, and proof that all obligations contemplated by the Mining Law and its Regulations are current.

Some key foreign-trade formats have been updated by the amended Ruling, such as the annual PROSEC and IMMEX (maquila program) operations report, and those required for the approval of or amendment to such programs.