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The US and Mexico maintain joint customs inspections

The Mexican government maintains the joint customs inspection agreement between Mexico and the United States in force to prevent smuggling and a double review of the goods that move in both countries through foreign trade.

The Tax Administration Service (SAT) reported that based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) and the Department of National Security of the North American government, reviews are being carried out at the customs of the northern border .

The inspections are in North American and Mexican territory in which personnel from both countries participate, and serve to generate savings in time and costs for the companies that transport their goods, he said.

At the same time to prevent customs fraud and smuggling, stressed the SAT.

As part of the agreement that was first launched as a pilot program at some northern border checkpoints during the past administration, personnel from both the General Administration of Customs (AGA) and the United States Customs and Border Protection Office are involved. States (CBP, for its acronym in English).

The head of the AGA, Horacio Duarte Olivares, explained that the exchange of information and joint investigations allow increasing the competitiveness of the two economies.

“With the application of coordinated operations we were able to detect, deter and combat customs fraud and smuggling. This has allowed for better results, avoiding the trafficking of illicit goods such as drugs, weapons, and foreign currency from the United States,” he said.

He assured that cooperation with the United States will allow the development of specific programs focused on combating illegal practices such as: undervaluation, overvaluation, illegal transshipment, smuggling of prohibited goods and any practice that harms companies that operate legally or national security.