Mexico City, Mexico
October 7, 2005
USDA/FAS GAIN report
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published, in Mexico's Federal
Register (Diario Oficial), allocation rules for the remaining
white corn (H.T.S. 1005.90.04) “cupos” for 2005 under the
2004-2007 NAFTA corn TRQ scheme. According to government
sources, the SE is currently offering between 280,000 – 300,000
metric tons worth of white corn cupos for the remainder of the
Introduction: This report
summarizes an official announcement published in Mexico’s
“Diario Oficial” (Federal Register) on October 7, 2005.
Disclaimer: This summary is
based on a cursory review of the subject announcement and
therefore should not, under any circumstances, be viewed as a
definitive reading of the regulation in question, or of its
implications for U.S. agricultural export trade interests. In
the event of a discrepancy or discrepancies between this summary
and the complete regulation or announcement as published in
Spanish, the latter shall prevail.
FAS/Mexico’s Executive Summary:
On October 7, 2005, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in
Mexico’s “Diario Oficial” (Federal Register), in “Annex 2005”,
allocation rules for the remaining “cupos” for 2005 under the
2004-2007 NAFTA corn TRQ scheme (see MX4002). According to
government sources, the SE is currently offering between 280,000
– 300,000 metric tons worth of white corn cupos for the
remainder of the year.
This announcement is in compliance
with transitory article 6 from the FY2005 Federal Incoming Law,
first published on November 24, 2004, which establishes the
implementation of a minimum quota reserve to cover domestic
import demand for white corn in the second half of 2005.
The announcement establishes that
parties eligible to request cupos are limited to those firms
that use corn as the main input in their productive processes,
and are currently in operation.
When allocating cupos for WHITE
CORN (1005.90.04) the SE first takes into consideration the
forecast shortage or existing shortage —determined by
ASERCA/SAGARPA— in the states of Baja California, Coahuila,
Chihuahua, Chiapas, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and
Yucatan. Interested parties located in the aforementioned states
who have participated in government audits of their corn usage
during the Jan-Dec 2004 period are eligible to participate in
Applications must be submitted
within 10 business days from publication in the Diario Oficial.
Issued cupo certificates will be valid until December 31, 2005,
except for Chiapas, which will be valid from November 1s t to
December 15, 2005.
1. Publication Date: October 7, 2005
2. Effective Date: October 8, 2005
FAS/Mexico Note: This is
NOT an invitation for bids to purchase corn grain. Rather, it is
an announcement of the right to import the listed product under
the preferential duty. Thus, the auction is limited to Mexican
companies within the flour, milling and tortilla industries for
white corn that distribute or use corn products in their
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