Extension of the period during which goods covered by ATA Carnets can stay in Mexico
The Mexican regulation allows the goods to stay on the Mexican territory six months
The Mexican regulation allows the goods to stay on the Mexican territory for six months.
The Mexican regulation allows the goods to stay on the Mexican territory six months only. However, Mexican customs allow extension. There are two types of extensions:
- Extension on the period of stay of the goods in Mexico beyond the six-month period within the Carnet validity
- Extension with a new Carnet.
If the company does not proceed this way, the goods MUST be re-exported within the above-mentioned six months in order to avoid penalties.
Extending the ATA Carnet means prorogating the period during which the goods can stay in Mexico. Only one extension can be requested during the validity of an ATA Carnet.
In the case that the Mexican customs authority does not indicate the “Final Date for re-exportation” in the item 2 of the importation counterfoil, the Holder or Representative of the ATA Carnet has six months from the date of importation - to maintain the goods in Mexico if the Carnet Holder does not request for an extension .
What is really important to know is that the request for extension must be submitted to CANACO.
To obtain the extension, the following documents should be provided:
a letter mentioning the request for extension including the following data elements: ATA Carnet N°., reason for the extension and signature
a copy of the front green cover of the ATA Carnet,
a copy of the General List of the ATA Carnet,
a copy of the importation counterfoil with stamps and signatures of Mexican customs authorities.
Be careful with deadlines! First, the request for extension must be sent BEFORE the end of the six months-period of stay of the goods covered by the ATA Carnet. Moreover, the request for extension must be submitted to CANACO once the goods have stayed in Mexico 4.5 months because the remaining 1.5 month will serve for Mexican customs authorities to approve the request.
CANACO notifies to the Carnet Holder the approval of the extension request granted by Mexican customs.
If the requirements and deadlines are not met, the foreign company will be obliged to re-export his/her goods. If the goods are not re-exported within the deadline, the Mexican customs authorities will charge penalties for late re-exportation.
The penalty amounts to 1,840 MXN (approximately 115 USD). If the foreign company commits the same error a second time, the penalty rises to 2,770 MXN (approximately 173 USD). Moreover, the fine will increase by the same amount every 15 days that elapse from the end of the granted period until the re-exportation of the goods.
OTHER POSSIBLE WAY TO EXTEND THE STAY OF THE GOODS IN MEXICO: REPLACEMENT CARNETS (new Carnet number, new expiry date, same General List)
It is possible to request two additional extensions of period during which the goods covered by an ATA Carnet can stay in Mexico.
Why? Because if the foreign company does not indicate to CANACO that he/she will be using the Replacement ATA Carnet, the second extension of the good cover is not going to be carried out and so the Replacement ATA Carnet is not going to be valid for maintaining the goods in Mexico after the expiry date of the initial ATA Carnet.
Note: It is NOT necessary to complete the Prior Notification form for Replacement Carnets.