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Mexico – Export requirements for composite products

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  1. Eligible/ineligible product
  2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country
  3. Production controls and inspection requirements
  4. Labelling, marking and packaging requirements
  5. Required documents
  6. Other information

1. Eligible/ineligible product


Food preparations, even canned, that contain in their composition 1 or more ingredients of animal origin (meat, poultry, dairy ingredient, honey product, egg product and hydrolyzed proteins). It is recommended that you work with your importer in order to obtain more specificities regarding eligible products.


2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country


Mexico does not have a list of approved establishments.

3. Production controls and inspection requirements

The inspector must verify during a preventive control inspection that the manufacturer is aware of the standards and requirements of Mexico and has a specific export procedure in place.

The composite products (CP) must come from an establishment licensed under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR).

A recent version of the Requisitos Zoosanitarios Para Importación (RZPI) must be presented to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) prior to certification. This document can be found on the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA) import requirements query module: Módulo de consulta de requisitos para la importación de mercancías zoosanitarias (Spanish only).

The RZPI currently available for CPs is: 098-13-241-CAN-CAN (Preparaciones alimenticias)

Manufacturer’s declaration

To obtain an export certificate, some information related to public health and animal health will have to be provided by the applicant. This information should be provided in the form of a manufacturer's declaration when applying for the export certificate. For more details, please communicate with your local CFIA office.

Note: the inspector reserves the right to request any other information that he thinks is necessary for the final certification of the product.

4. Labelling, marking and packaging requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to meet all the requirements for labelling, packaging and marking as per the importing country.

5. Documentation requirements

The certificate below covers only composite products containing dairy products, egg products, honey or hydrolyzed proteins (gelatin and/or collagen). If your CP contains a meat product, an additional certification could be required.

As a manufacturer/exporter and in order to facilitate the certification process, it is important that you are familiar with the conditions stipulated in the RZPI.



Note: export certificates cannot be issued after the products have left Canada.

6. Other information

The operator/exporter is responsible for requesting the appropriate certificate from the CFIA inspector. Any discrepancy between a RZPI certification requirements and the approved CFIA certificate for the product intended for export should be brought to the attention of the inspector. The operator/exporter bears full responsibility to ensure that the certification provided by the CFIA is in compliance with the certification requirements appearing on the applicable RZPIs.

Exported products transiting through a country may require transit documentation. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the shipment will be accompanied by all necessary certificates. Please work closely with your importer.

Samples (personal or commercial) may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment.

More information on export requirements to Mexico can be obtained from the Módulo de consulta de requisitos para la importación de mercancías zoosanitarias (Spanish only) administered by SENASICA.

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