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Senasica provides phytosanitary certificate for imports

Mexico grants facilities in the import certificate process, as part of the measures to support international trade in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to this epidemiological emergency, and in order to facilitate commercial exchange in this context, as of March 27 of this year, the National Service of Health, Safety and Agro-Food Quality (Senasica) of Mexico determined that the shipments of products and by-products of plant origin that require the presentation of an original Phytosanitary Certificate can enter the country complying with the following:


The interested party must deliver to the official staff of the corresponding Agricultural Health Inspection Office (OISA), a copy of the Phytosanitary Certificate, which must be checked against the indications of the countries of origin of the goods.


Currently, this is applicable to shipments of products and by-products of plant origin from Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, the United States of America, Chile and the Member States of the European Union. However, any country may request Senasica this option.


The interested party must submit a Letter of Commitment to the corresponding OISA, in which they agree to deliver the original Phytosanitary Certificate 15 days after the conclusion of the contingency is declared by COVID-19 in the country of origin.

Other measures

For its part, the General Directorate of Animal Health of Senasica has determined that, for the importation into Mexico of livestock, aquaculture and fishing goods, during the contingency period, copies of the Animal Health Export Certificates that comply with the following:

  1. The importer may present a simple copy of the certificates, provided that they correspond to the agreed formats and comply with the requirements established in the Animal Health Requirement Sheets and Aquaculture Health Requirement Sheets, as appropriate.
  2. The importer must deliver an original letter with an autograph signature at the corresponding OISA, in which he undertakes to present the original certificate within a maximum of 15 days after the end of the emergency in the country of origin.

Officials in charge

In this sense, interested parties may request information from the following contact points:

  • Ing. Francisco Ramírez y Ramírez, General Director of Plant Health, who can be contacted by email at [email protected] in the case of products and by-products of plant origin;
  • MVZ. Juan Gay Gutiérrez, General Director of Animal Health, who can be contacted at the email [email protected] in the case of products and by-products of livestock, aquaculture or fishing origin;

In all cases, please mark a copy at the email [email protected], corresponding to Mr. René Hernández Ruiz, Director of Projects and Institutional Development. Mexico declares that this communication is made for transparency purposes and does not prejudge its rights and obligations under the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.



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