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The importance of Mexican products in international gastronomy and how they are exported

Mexican agri-food products have positioned themselves in international gastronomy over the years. That is why their exportation process needs fully efficient resources and times.

According to SADER (Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), the most demanded food products in January 2021 were: beer, tomato, avocado, tequila, mezcal, and peppers. Fresh and frozen onion and garlic, unroasted coffee, pork meat, and natural honey are the agricultural products with higher increases in exportations.

The income of these sales was $3.16 million.

These sales generated an income of $3.16 million. According to the Bank of Mexico (BM) data, vegetables, drinks, and fruits are the leading Mexican export groups.

Meanwhile, the US has the highest commercial activity, receiving most exports from 160 countries, including Mexico, Canada, Japan, Spain, Brazil, and Colombia.

Mexico is a country with great potential to enhance international trade, both in exports and imports. This activity has been drastically reduced due to COVID-19 and the regulations imposed to prevent its spread.

There are some requirements and regulations of both origin and destination countries; these can be complex, as they are closely related to health matters. This is why products must be safe and free of prohibited ingredients; labeling and packaging are critical. Each country requires different terms and conditions to allow the entry of products. Here are some of them:

Commercial quality and labeling control.

It’s a series of product quality and labeling requirements, considering size, weight, and the label itself.

Food safety controls.

Due to the recent concern about COVID-19 and its spread, the controls have been modified, since the focused on monitoring the maximum levels of pesticides allowed in food.

Animal and plant health protection rules.

Did you know that every product must comply with environmental rules to avoid diseases transmitted through plants and other natural-origin products? Almost every country in the world has established inspection systems for these types of products because, in several cases, there are import procedures required and phytosanitary certificates. It is essential to mention that the producing country is responsible for complying with these phytosanitary certificates to guarantee the optimal conditions of the products.

Customs clearance

The importing country’s customs personnel grants the final authorization for the entry of products. At this point, a total follow-up of official documentation to product exportation is required since they consider some duties and taxes.

As you can see, exporting natural-origin products is a complex process, but it also allows Mexico a commercial and economic acceleration.

Woodward Logistics is prepared to take over your task of breaking through the exportation market, with more than three decades of experience in food, perishable, agricultural, and aquacultural products shipping. We offer advisory services and procedures to comply with the different requirements imposed by the countries. Do not hesitate to contact us. We are confident that our experts will be your main ally to go beyond borders and achieve your business goals.