Regulations and Assessments
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
Animal Products to Mexico
Products exempt from export certification: Certain food products containing minor amounts of animal products may not need export certification if guidance documents pertaining to product tariff codes do not call for export certification. Exporters are encouraged to inquire of their importer as to the availability of a letter issued by SAGARPA SENASICA showing the product is exempt from the requirement of an export certificate.
General: Mexico's Border Inspection Service (DGIF) is not permitted to accept export certificates that contain any of the following: abbreviations, handwritten text, or any alterations such as cross outs, white outs, erasures, or initialed changes.
Mexico continues making progress implementing a new digital platform, VUCEM (Single Window for Trade), for handling imports and exports with an eye towards simplifying the flow of trade information among exporters, importers, and Mexican government agencies. At the major ports of entry, SENASICA has incorporated its inspection tasks in the program’s framework, including various documents pertaining to animal and plant health, food safety and that are necessary for border inspection activities. The program is not expected to directly impact U.S. exporters. We recommend, however, that U.S. exporters promptly respond to requests from their Mexican clients to send required documentation electronically (such as invoices, export certificates, letterheads, and bilingual or Spanish language shipping container labels) prior to the arrival of the shipment at the Mexican border. This should enable importers and their customs brokers to begin electronic clearance of these documents prior to the physical inspection of the shipment.
Traceability requirements: The Area office issuing the health certificate for animal products being exported to Mexico must be provided sufficient information so that they may verify that the requirements of Mexico are met. Typically the exporter should be able to get a copy of the appropriate "HRZ" (import requirements sheet) from their importer. HRZ’s serve as guidance and should not be considered import permits. The HRZ may indicate that the shipment and documentation must comply with Article 89 of Mexico's Federal Animal Health Law. The provisions of Article 89 are currently under development. Certificates issued by APHIS VS Area offices should provide basic information on the health certificate, including lot numbers, species of origin, and general description of the product. The exporter is advised to determine from the government of Mexico (SENASICA's webpage or from a SENASICA office) if there are requirements in addition to the veterinary certification issues addressed by APHIS.
Mexico’s SENASICA requires certain traceability and production information for animal products presented for importation into Mexico (Article 89 and other provisions of the Federal Animal Health Law). Generally, the lot number should be listed on the official animal health certificate in the Product Identification block. Separately, a supplemental declaration from the manufacturing company can be used to provide the additional pertinent information required for the animal product being certified. Typical examples of required information are production date, packing or shipment date, and an expiry date. The manufacturer’s or exporter’s supplemental declaration must be cross referenced to the certificate, and must show the lot numbers as well as the name of the official, their position within the company (acceptable examples: owner, president, quality control manager) and signature. The original and a copy of the supplemental declaration are required at the time of presentation of the product. The above procedure does not apply for dairy products intended for human consumption and any addendum must be issued by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services.
Poultry products: For the export of table eggs to Mexico, layer flocks must be qualified with respect to avian influenza through participation in either the National Poultry Improvement Plan, or in a testing program supervised by the VS Area office. Export certification is done by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Office of Poultry Grading and Certification.
Certificates for poultry products that require certification pertaining to Newcastle disease should refer to “velogenic Newcastle disease” and not exotic Newcastle disease.
*ALERT* Important information regarding trade bans and other restrictions - December 2011 (pdf 9kb)
Animal fats for animal feeding or industrial uses - December 2011 (pdf 16kb)
Animal feeds and food: Balanced animal feeds (not including dogs and cats) - December 2013 (pdf 29kb)
Animal feeds and food: Balanced pet foods for dogs and cats - December 2013 (pdf 26kb)
Animal feeds and food: Bovine and/or porcine blood products for animal feeding - November 2013 (pdf 38kb)
Animal feeds and food: Dairy products for animal feeding - December 2012 (pdf 18kb)
Animal feeds and food: Feed Additives with Aquatic Animal Ingredients for Animal Feeding - May 2012 (pdf 54kb)
Animal feeds and food: Laboratory animal feeds containing animal origin products - September 2013 (pdf 19kb)
Animal feeds and food: Pet Treats and Similar Products Not Containing Animal Product Ingredients - September 2012 (pdf 101kb)
Animal feeds and food: Processed pet treats (dogs and cats) containing animal origin products - August 2013 (pdf 21kb)
Animal feeds and food: Rendered Meals - June 2012 (pdf 32kb)
Animal feeds and food: Rendered Meals: Porcine and/or poultry meals also containing fish meals - October 2012 (pdf 86kb)
Animal feeds and food: Rendering Facility Questionnaire - June 2012 (pdf 67kb)
Animal origin hormones for animal use or manufacturing - March 2012 (pdf 13kb)
Animal Products Offered for Re-Export - June 2012 (pdf 31kb)
Bile and bile salts containing bovine, ovine and/or porcine for manufacturing or research - March 2014 (pdf 81kb)
Blood and Blood Products for Diagnostics and Research, including Fetal Bovine Serum - February 2014 (pdf 29kb)
Bovine Bone Chips for Manufacturing - June 2013 (pdf 14kb)
Complements, supplements, additives and flavorings (minor dairy) for human consumption - August 2013 (pdf 13kb)
Feathers - November 2011 (pdf 28kb)
Fertilizers containing poultry, bovine and/or ovine ingredients - February 2014 (pdf 18kb)
Fisheries Products (Meats, Oils, and Pastes) for Animal Feeding - October 2013 (pdf 13kb)
Food preparations containing animal products for human consumption - December 2013 (pdf 21kb)
Gelatin and collagen: Hydrolyzed bovine proteins for human consumption - March 2013 (pdf 14kb)
Hides and skins: Cervid Hides and Skins for manufacturing - November 2012 (pdf 32kb)
Hides and skins: Limed bovine hides and skins for manufacturing or animal feeding - May 2012 (pdf 31kb)
Hides and skins: Salted Bison/Bovine Hides and Skins for Manufacturing Purposes - June 2011 (pdf 25kb)
Hides and skins: Salted Ostrich Hides and Skins for Manufacturing Purposes - March 2012 (pdf 34kb)
Hides and skins: Salted Porcine Hides and Skins for Manufacturing Purposes - July 2011 (pdf 25kb)
Hides and skins: Salted Rawhide for Manufacturing Purposes - December 2011 (pdf 32kb)
Hides and skins: Salted Sheep and Goat Pelts and Skins - February 2012 (pdf 33kb)
Hydrolyzed porcine proteins for manufacturing use - January 2014 (pdf 13kb)
Milk and dairy: Milk and/or Dairy Products (bovine, caprine, ovine origin) for human consumption - March 2013 (pdf 15kb)
Pig bristles - November 2011 (pdf 28kb)
Porcine and bovine tissues for biomedical use - August 2013 (pdf 17kb)
Porcine pancreatin - February 2013 (pdf 13kb)
Processed Egg Products for Animal Feeding - September 2012 (pdf 14kb)
Reptile hides and skins - January 2014 (pdf 31kb)
Swine offal (meat, offal, viscera, and pastes) for pet food manufacturing - August 2012 (pdf 16kb)
Trophy materials (unfinished) - July 2012 (pdf 34kb)
Last Modified: March 6, 2014