MEXICO OEA CERTIFICATION (Authorized Economic Operators)


OEA (Operadores Económicos Autorizados), formerly known as NEEC, is Mexico’s equivilent of C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism).   In Mexico, a party that is involved in the international movement of goods on behalf of a national Customs administration that complies with WCO (World Customs Organization) or equivalent standards with regard to the security of the supply chain can apply for OEA certification.   Authorized Economic Operators may be manufacturers, importers, exporters, logistics companies that operate warehouses, brokers, carriers, ports, airport operators, terminals, or deposits or distributors.
On October 17, 2014, the United States and Mexico signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) that enabled both countries to recognize each others authorized economic operators.  OEA certified companies are able to interact with C-TPAT certified companies as equals.  OEA also offers additional benefits to certified companies.  See a full list of benefits associated with the certification below.

The requirements for OEA are similar to C-TPAT, so C-TPAT certified companies should already have most of what they need to be approved for OEA.  But the OEA application differs in what documentation and information are required to be submitted.  The process can be complicated and time consuming.  All information must be written in Spanish.   Manufacturers/machiladoras in Mexico who are considering OEA certification as a stand-alone supply chain security program, or those companies that are already C-TPAT certified  should seriously consider enlisting the services of an experienced international supply chain security expert, such as ours, to assist them with the process

Here’s a complete list of the benefits associated with OEA certification:

RULE 3.8.7
1) Electrical and electronics sector may import without scoring serial numbers, registration must take such information.
2) Rectification up to three times the data contained in the motion.
3) Up to 60 days to comply with regulations and non-tariff restrictions, PAMA.
4) Companies IMMEX of electrical and electronic industry, auto parts, automotive and aerospace may send their goods to a expedited inspection process in air traffic operations.

Rule 3.8.8
5) Changing temporary to definitive parts and components transferred by IMMEX Services, IGI transferring payment to which it is disposed.
6) Exemption from the requirement to indicate in the notice of the date and number submaquila of motion and process specifications.
7) Virtual operations for transfer between companies with IMEX program for pleasure craft and sporting foreigners or Mexicans.
8) The deadline for return of the temporarily imported goods will be 36 months.
9) IMMEX of electrical, electronic sectors; Hostel mode (Shelter); Aircraft: need not declare the serial numbers.
10) The procedure on the records of transfers and records to be carried out, to sell goods to the terminal auto industry, by the industry of auto parts is simplified. In any case involving temporary importation and paying the corresponding record in the IGI inventory control sales receipts.

Rule 3.8.9. to 3.8.13 – AEO of Mexico 
11) Rectification of origin in case of free clearance.
12) Rectification import ultimately increase number of items, and other merchandise quantification data, if free clearance.
13) Final importation of goods that would have been entered had begun even when exercising the power of inspection. “A3”.
14) Motion process of permanent importation of surplus or undeclared goods identified in recognition of the authority, provided their value does not exceed 15,000 USD or 20% of the total value of the transaction and the merchandise is not found listed in Annex 10.
15) Import of goods using “express” lanes.
16) Will not suspend importers when their offices were not properly located or did not give notice of change.
17) Import or return of goods carried by passengers on commercial flights without entering RF. (handcarrier).
18) No payment of IGI, for labels, brochures and manuals are returned to the USA or Canada.
19) Applying PROSECs instead of temporary to permanent.
20) Applying higher rate of PROSECs when inputs that are imported temporarily used in the production of goods from various sectors.
21) Virtual transactions with residents of the country for permanent importation. “V5”.
22) Apply Rule PROSECs rate or the 8th when goods are transferred.
23) Motions for temporary importation process or return of surplus or undeclared goods identified in recognition of the authority.
24) Return undeclared goods which do not correspond to their production processes.
25) Motion to pay additional monthly IGI non-originating goods under TLCUE or members of EFTA.
26) Motion to pay additional monthly IGI non-originating goods under the NAFTA.
27) Changing temporary to permanent multiple operations in a single motion.
28) Facilities for the review process at source to electrical, electronic, automotive parts or automotive sectors which are self regulating.
29) Autoparts Industry, regime change from temporary to permanent input, simplified procedure.
30) Certified prior to initiating the cancellation procedure, in some cases, companies may be previously notified to remedy the deficiency.
31) Companies may pay their consolidated motions of transfers within the first 20 days of the month.
32) Valid for two years registration for sterile sampling, radioactive, hazardous or which require special facilities or equipment for making the same goods.
33) Customs Facilities for transferring operations of the subsidiary with the IMMEX mode controller.
34) Business Controller:
a) Procedure for making temporary controller motions companies
b) Use “ads” for transfer of goods between its subsidiaries.
35) The subsidiaries may apply the 0% VAT rate for the service of developing production, processing or repair the controller temporarily imported goods companies.
36) Extension for temporary imports within the IMEX.
37) Control inventory per fraction based on actual consumption.
38) Import unsettled serial numbers, part, make or model.
39) Electronic Motion Simplified.
40) Mail Made Easy Motion (Consolidated).
41) Parent company enjoys profit 3.8.10, fr II.
42) 60 days to make adjustments to SECIIT (Inventory Control).
43) Not required to submit Expression of value and spreadsheet.
44) Extension for temporary imports for a period of up to 60 months.
45) They may make the home delivery of their foreign trade operations. For these operations, “warnings” and motions under the keys indicated by the Ministry will be used.

Benefits granted not established in Rules
46) Lowest % Customs Recognition.
47) Prioritization in customs clearance.
48) Approval of Special Services.
49) Prioritization in contingencies. (OEA businesses have priority over other business types).
50) When exporting goods shall be entitled to the refund of value added tax within a period not exceeding five working days, (Established by Decree IMMEX – Art 6)

Rule 3.8.15
1) List of Partner Certificates page Posted in SAT for consultation with permission.
2) Determining taxable income 50% of the value, for purposes of payment of if IGI theft.

Additional Benefits
1) Care by a designated account executive.
2) Increased customer base being in the list of trusted companies.
3) The ability for companies to conduct self-assessments of security processes.
4) Decreased disruptions in the supply chain.
5) Reduced theft and damage of goods.
6) Increased employee involvement in safety processes.
7) Expedited customs clearance.
8) No payment for the procedure.
9) Reliable MRAs (Mutual Recognition Arrangements) with other countries as a safe company.


Need help with OEA? Here’s how we can help you:
1) Assist in gathering all the documents and information necessary to apply.
2) Develop and create your security operations manual (SOP).
3) Assist you with implementing the supply chain security program in your company.
4) Prepare and file the OEA application with SAT
5) Assist you with conducting Risk Assessments of your supply chains.
6) Assist you with conducting Threat Assessments of the countries where you do business.
7) Assist you with business partner screening.
8) Train your employees (English and/or Spanish).



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