Customs regimes: What are they and their types?
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What is a customs regime?

Custom regimes are the set of operations that seek to give a specific customs destination (a clear place and purpose) to a good, according to the particular interest of the importer or exporter. Their importance in foreign trade could be defined from the following points:

  • They establish general rules to make import and export processes more efficient.
  • They allow customs control of goods entering or leaving the country.
  • They provide customs with a universal classification.

Customs regimes types

In Mexico, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) has established six mandatory customs regimes for import and export activities.

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  • Definitive (import and/or export):
  • Imports: Goods coming from abroad that will remain in the national territory for an unlimited period of time.
  • Exports: Goods going outside the country that will remain in the international territory for an unlimited period of time.
  • Temporary (import and/or export):
  • Imports: Goods coming from abroad that will remain in the national territory for a limited period of time.
  • Exports: Goods going outside the country that will remain in the international territory for a limited period of time.
  • Bonded warehouse: The storage of domestic or foreign merchandise in bonded warehouses, which are accredited by customs authorities.
  • Transfer (or transit) of goods: It exists in two forms: internal or international. The internal refers to the transfer of goods under fiscal control from one national customs office to another. The international one occurs between international customs, crossing through a specific country.
  • Processing, transformation or repair in bonded warehouse: This customs procedure refers to the entry of foreign or domestic goods into the bonded warehouse for processing, transformation or repair.
  • Strategic bonded warehouse: The entry of foreign, national or nationalized goods into strategic bonded warehouses for a limited period of time.

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