What Are Non-Tariff Restrictions?

Is your business ready to start exporting to international destinations? You might think so, but in reality, you may still have much to learn, especially in regulatory matters.

When it comes to taking products to other countries, special attention must be paid to the corresponding regulatory and non-tariff restrictions both on entry and exit of goods.

But what are these regulatory and non-tariff restrictions?

The concept refers to measures that governments impose to regulate or restrict the entry and exit of any merchandise, with the aim of controlling the flow of goods between countries.

These regulations/restrictions are divided into two categories: quantitative (export and import permits, quotas, trade measures, etc.) and qualitative (regulations on labeling, packaging, packing, etc.).

Why are regulatory and non-tariff restrictions important?

As mentioned earlier, their importance lies primarily in regulating the entry and exit of goods, which if not carried out correctly, can affect the population in areas such as the economy, health, safety, etc.

It’s also important to consider that thousands of exports occur around the world every day, so regulatory and non-tariff restrictions play a fundamental role in preventing problems, unfair practices, or even accidents.

In the case of our country, regulatory and non-tariff restrictions are published in the Official Gazette of the Federation and established by the Ministry of Economy.

Goods subject to regulatory and non-tariff restrictions must comply with measures such as:

  • Mexican Official Standards (NOMs)
  • Certifications of regulatory and non-tariff restrictions
  • Compensatory quotas
  • Prior permits
  • Quotas
  • Country of origin marking

If you need assistance to start exporting your products to other countries, you can contact us. We are a customs agency with over 25 years of experience in the field.

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