December 08, 2020
Mexican authorities published on Nov. 17, 2020, new requirements which added a two-digit tax code onto the base product HS code. In addition, authorities changed some of the 8-digit base codes. The New HS code must be provided to customs.
This impacts manufacturer in the following ways:
1.Current certificates whose base code and certifications registered under UL’s Equivalency Agreement (EA) will not change and will remain valid until they expire.
2.Current certificates whose base code doe s not change and do not expire will remain valid in perpetuity.
This change brings into alignment the HS code system for Mexico with the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Due to the publication by the IFT of the new Conformity Assessment Procedures (PEC-IFT) for telecommunications and broadcasting products in the Mexican Official Gazette on February 25th, and that will take effect in 365 days, that is, at the end of February 2021.
This new procedure by which all the telecommunications products must be approved will apply to all the current standards and for which there is a testing procedure, although it is very similar to the current procedure it includes some changes in relevant issues which are:
1. Only devices which require laboratory tests.
2. All current Conformity Certificates (CoC), that have been issued to the actual and real importer will not need to be obtained again.
3. This implies that certificates used by third parties can no longer be used to demonstrate compliance in customs and each importer must obtain their own IFT certificate and their respective CoC, this includes modules.
4. All current Conformity Certificates (CoC), that have been issued to SYCON as the Local Representative, will need to be obtained again for the real importer, although the IFT certificates already issued may still be used for marketing purposes.
The validity of current certificates
All IFT certificates where no testing was involved will remain valid and not affected by these changes (Provisional & Permanent renewals).
So far, only the following standards need testing and are affected by these changes:
1. NOM-196-SCFI-2016 (IFT-004-2014): Interface to public networks for terminal equipment, applies to land-line telephones, modems with connection to the public switched network, FXO interface, etc. IFT-005-2014
2. NOM-208-SCFI-2016 (IFT-008-2015): Frequency hopping and digital modulation spread spectrum radiocommunication equipment to operate in the bands 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz, applies for Bluetooth and WLAN devices
3. NOM-218-SCFI-2017 (IFT-005-2016): Digital interface to public networks (Digital interface to 2 048 KBIT / S and to 34 368 KBIT / S).
4. IFT-011-2017 (NOM-221/2-SCFI-2018): Technical specifications of mobile terminal equipment that can make use of the radioelectric spectrum or be connected to telecommunications networks. Part 2. Mobile terminal equipment operating in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, 1700 MHz / 2100 MHz and / or 2500 MHz bands.
In case you require the local representation services, take into consideration that if the law is not modified, the certificate could be useless for a different company after February 2021, the date on which the new PEC-IFT comes into force.
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