Free Trade Zones

Mexico expands free zone authorization to include U.S. company

The creation of “strategic fiscal zones” is designed to improve Mexico’s international economic competitiveness. SkyPostal’s AJ Hernandez notes that it is also expanding importers’ access to the booming Mexican consumer market.

MIAMI, July 13, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – In Mexico, a “fiscal recinto” is comparable to an American free trade zone, an area reserved by customs for storing, handling and supervising goods linked to foreign trade. Within the fiscal recinto, there may be “recintos fiscalizados estrategicos”, or RFEs, whose function is similar to a bonded warehouse – a place to store goods close to foreign customers for faster delivery. In some cases, the RFE can certify the validity of information relating to the content, tax, and delivery of these goods without the need for a Mexican customs inspection. (1) “By expanding the authorization of RFEs,” says A J Hernandez, President and CEO of international business-to-consumer shipping company SkyPostal, Inc., “the Mexican government has been pursuing for a decade a plan of measures aimed at strengthening the overall economic situation of the country”.

The RFE, notes Hernandez, is a relatively recent customs designation in Mexican economic law, and has not been widely explored from an operational point of view. It was added to Mexican customs law in June 2016. There are 11 RFEs allowed in Mexico, in various regions of the country: Aguascaliente, Altamira, Ciudad Hidalgo, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad de México, Colombia, Lazaro Cardenas, Guaymas, Mazatlan, Tijuana, and Veracruz. (2)

The national government says Hernandez, can also define an import system, such as a shipping company, as RFE. SkyPostal, Inc., in fact, headquartered at Miami and does business everywhere Latin America, was recently designated RFE by the Mexican government. The approval process says Hernandez, required several certifications and the deposit of a security $ 1 million WE. SkyPostal has a huge database of addresses and tax information that is transparent to the Mexican government.

Partly via the database and in part thanks to long years of experience, says Hernandez, the company has established a level of trust with the Mexican government. To help maintain that trust, he adds, SkyPostal is required to maintain a high level of security, including carefully screening employees and acquiring armored vehicles. “It’s a win-win situation,” he says. “We are saving money for the Mexican government and helping to facilitate the importation of products such as cosmetics, which have experienced delays and difficulty reaching the Mexican market.” Obtaining the RFE has enabled SkyPostal to import cosmetic products into Mexico. A feat, Hernandez adds, no other sender can do this.

SkyPostal, he said, is currently in conversation with other Latin American governments to establish similar relationships with customs organizations in those countries.

Meanwhile, SkyPostal is encouraging other importers to think about what Hernandez described as a secure and streamlined alternative to the standard Mexican import and customs process. “For 40 years,” he says, “our mission has been to facilitate access for North American and European exporters to the rich but very complex Latin American market. We thank the Mexican government for the confidence it places in us. , and having agreed with us that, properly managed, there is a better way for everyone involved. “

About SkyPostal:
SkyPostal was established in 2001 to meet the need for an improved and efficient cross-border courier and parcel service from United States and Europe to all the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. It is now the largest private mail and delivery network in Latin America, serving European postal administrations, major publishers, the world’s largest e-commerce retailers, international mailers and financial institutions who need reliable and secure delivery of their mail and parcels. For more information, please see

1. David Romo, et al. “Le Recinto Fiscal en Mexico. “Tecma, March 4, 2021,
2. “Strategic fiscal cities and special economic zones, the future of Mexican customs? TLC Magazine Mexico,

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