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How to import Mexican Footwear.

How to import Mexican Footwear.

The state of Guanajuato has become a leader in national and international footwear. Its manufacturing processes are unique to Mexico, just one of the reasons the United States has become a top consumer of Mexican footwear each year. If you are interested in importing Mexican footwear, take a look at the following recommendations that outline the best way to get started.


*One of the main concerns of companies looking to import footwear is finding a good supplier; it is important to keep in mind that there are always risks when it comes to importing goods.

*One of the most effective ways to find suppliers is to attend specialist footwear events and get to know the programs on offer, such as Sapica with over 2000 exhibitors or Shoes From Mexico that now has more than 15 companies ready to export from Mexico.


*To start importing, the first step is to request specific footwear samples from the company. Keep in mind that you may be asked to pay a deposit.


* It is important to consider Mexico’s customs regulations and how to comply with them.

*The next step is to reach a shipping agreement, not only to define shipping costs, but also your product costs and safety.

*When you import products from Mexico and other countries, it is important to keep tight control of your inventory and make sure it is always up-to-date.


* Remember that you must pay all foreign trade taxes and fees, and comply with the regulations.


*Mexico requires certain import and export documentation that includes a customs declaration (“pedimento” in Spanish) or an import/export form for all commercial crossings. This document must be accompanied by a commercial invoice, a bill of lading, documents that prove payment of additional tariffs for undervalued goods and documents that show safety compliance and the efficiency of the Mexican product. We have provided an explanation of each document below:

-Commercial Invoice. This is issued by the supplier and includes the business name, address, description of products, price and terms and conditions of sale.


-Packing List. This specifies the shipping contents, number of units, weight per unit, total weight, dimensions of each unit and references.


Bill of Lading. This is issued by the shipping agent. The supplier sends this when the payment has been made so that the shipping agent can deliver the goods.


Certificate of Origin. This is granted through a form and the number required depends on the type of product you are importing, in this case footwear.


Weight or Volume Certificate. This is issued by the company authorized by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.


These are the most important steps to take into account when importing. Each brand has its own way of working and we invite you to take a look at the catalogue of brands that are ready to export on the Shoes from Mexico website. Approximately 77% of Mexican footwear exported goes to the United States, and the strength and potential of Mexico’s footwear industry is in constant growth, always looking to conquer new markets.



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