Import PAMAS grow 7.2% in Mexico as of September 2020

In Mexico, 5,899 Administrative Procedures in Customs Matters (PAMAS) were initiated for imports from January to September of the current year, 7.2% more than those carried out in the same period of 2019, the Ministry of Finance reported.

The PAMAS are procedures established in the Customs Law, through which the customs authorities precautionary seizure of foreign trade goods, when exercising verification powers or when practicing customs recognition, second recognition, or verification of goods in transport.

Number of Administrative Procedures in Customs Matters (PAMAS)


In general, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) carries out control processes that seek to reduce illicit trade and position Mexico on a par with the best international practices.

In this sense, the SAT maintains an exchange of information with other tax and customs administrations to jointly combat commercial fraud and inhibit smuggling, money laundering and fraud.

The embargo of illegally introduced merchandise was for a value of 4,500 million pesos, lower by 18,300 million pesos than in January-September of the previous year, in which the amount of PAMAS was determined for 1,400 million pesos, an amount lower in 3.7 billion pesos in relation to 2019, derived from the review and inspection (cargo and passengers) in the country’s customs.

The decrease in the amount of PAMAS is explained, to a large extent, by a high comparison base in 2019, since in the first semester of said year there was an extraordinary seizure of documents (import of foreign currency through documents receivable or cash) at Toluca Customs.

Regarding operations with value and origin risk, in January-September 2020, 5,280 value analyzes were carried out, 118.7% more than in the same period of 2019, and 713 seizure orders were issued (618 for undervaluation, 78 of verifications of fiscal address and 17 for false or altered documentation and supplier not located or non-existent), 19.1% less than in the same period of the previous year.

The associated amount was 592.7 million pesos, being 123.4% higher in real terms compared to January-September 2019.


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