On July 20, 2017, the Tax Administration Service (“SAT”) issued a press release by virtue of which it restated that, in accordance with article Twentieth First of the Foreign Trade General Rules for 2017 (“FTGR”), from January 1, 2018 on, the use of the FAST access lane by companies authorized under the Certified Companies Framework and the “Authorized Economic Operator” modality, will be limited to freight companies that are authorized under such Framework and have been granted the “Certified Commercial Partner” authorization, and the “Carrier” category.

It is important to consider that, pursuant to such press release and the article of the FTGR referred to therein, the FAST access lane may continue to be used until December 31, 2017, or until a resolution is issued by the customs authorities in case that freight companies file their “Certified Commercial Partner” authorization application under the “Carrier” category, provided that such application is filed before December 31, 2017 and taking into account the non-working days of the SAT for 2018.

In addition, and as a result of the benefits established in the FTGR for 2017, those freight companies that are currently members of the C-TPAT program granted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will be exempted from filing in their application the “Carrier Profile” for those facilities that have been validated by C-TPAT during the last three years.