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BREXIT: Update of the UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement

In relation to our recent insights Brexit: Mexico and the United Kingdom sign Trade Continuity Agreement and Brexit: A First Look at UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement's Relevant Issues, the Governments of Mexico and the United Kingdom have informed that although their internal ratification procedures have not yet been completed, they both have established transitional mechanisms to maintain, beginning as of January 1, 2021, preferential tariff treatment in accordance with the following:

  • The Government of the United Kingdom will provisionally apply the Agreement, maintaining preferential tariff treatment to Mexican imports.

  • As per the Government of Mexico, United Kingdom imports will be subject to Most Favored Nation (MFN) rates, however, a transitional mechanism will be established to refund import duties until the date the Agreement enters into force. We will be communicating the relevant process once it is announced.

Therefore, companies that import UK goods into Mexico must take into consideration the economic impact that the –temporary- import duties could represent in their supply chain; likewise, it is recommended to maintain adequate internal controls so that once the tariff refund rules are issued, companies could access such refunds.

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Alejandro Nemo Gomez Strozzi, Foley Lardner Law Firm, Mexico, Corporate Law Attorney

Alejandro Gómez-Strozzi focuses his practice on providing advisory and consulting services related to international trade compliance, antidumping, customs, foreign trade and Mexican administrative law.

As a top international trade lawyer, he has advised major multinational companies in the automotive, steel and consumer products sectors. He provides advice regarding available foreign trade programs, tax implications of foreign trade operations, implementation of free trade agreements entered into by Mexico, customs procedures, trade compliance...

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Javier Valenzuela is an associate at Foley Arena in Mexico City. Javier focuses his practice on international trade and customs. He has represented clients in complex litigation and advisory regarding to trade and customs matters, including, NAFTA and other trade agreements, rules of origin, customs valuation, tariff classification, non-tariff barriers, and other compliance matters.

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