Mexico Reinforces Controls on Footwear Imports

As part of the controls to combat smuggling, between May and July 29 companies were suspended from the list of importers, which represents 60% of the total volume of pairs of shoes entering the country.

Friday, November 7, 2014

In order to detect and prevent irregularities in the import of footwear, the General Administration of Federal Tax Audit Tax Administration Service of Mexico carried out 31 audits "... on the major importer of footwear, which represent 85% of the volume of shoes that are imported at low prices. ". Also, 18 suspension orders have been issued totaling $1.1 million. reports that "... In addition two internal fiscal reviews have been started on the main importers in the footwear sector . As a result of joint work with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property 19,296 pairs of footwear which passed through customs offices at the port of Manzanillo were seized. "

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