Mexico’s government announced that it will invest 80 billion pesos in Mexico‘s customs to be executed in 2022 and 2023.
“A plan is underway to strengthen customs including the 19 on the northern border, two on the southern border and 16 port customs with an investment of more than 80 billion pesos to be executed in 2022 and 2023,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday.
“Here I add that since the customs are in charge of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Navy, there has been an increase in revenues in the order of 20%,” he added at once, as part of his Fourth Government Report.
With the aim of improving tax collection, facilitating trade, increasing the efficiency of customs and inspection services and strengthening national security, on July 14, 2021, the Decree creating the National Customs Agency of Mexico as a deconcentrated administrative body of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
This decree endows the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) with technical, operational, administrative and management autonomy, and grants it the character of tax and customs authority and powers to issue resolutions.
“We are already collecting around 1 billion pesos in customs, there are no leaks and no smuggling is allowed,” said López Obrador.
In addition, within its National Public Security System, Mexico adopted in July 2019 the National Model of Police and Civic Justice.
The National Model of Police and Civic Justice aims to strengthen municipal and state police forces and promote effective communication between these police forces and both the National Guard and prosecutors’ offices.
This model also calls for an adequate and sustainable financing system that provides professional police forces with competitive salaries and sufficient equipment and infrastructure.
In addition, it seeks to prevent and reduce the incidence of crime in order to improve the population’s perception of security and increase confidence in public security institutions.
To combat corruption and increase security in Mexico’s customs and ports, on December 7, 2020, the Organic Law of the Federal Public Administration, the Maritime Navigation and Commerce Law and the Ports Law were amended to transfer some of the powers of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, including the administration and surveillance of maritime and port security, to the Ministry of the Navy.