Oscar Chávez Arvizo
Director General

Modernization of Mexican Trade

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 12:20

Backed up by logistics and transportation services, storage facilities, and an American customs agency, SEPCE (Servicios Profesionales de Comercio Exterior) was created in 1994, though it has over 34 years of experience in trade services. “Our structure and location beside the border with the US, through which Chihuahua has access to the rest of the world, has allowed us to import merchandise in record time for the mining industry,” highlights Oscar Chávez Arvizo, Director General of SEPCE.

Directly or indirectly SEPCE is responsible for machinery imports, among many other products and supplies. “Thanks to the company’s network and technological tools, we can react with a quick and safe service to respond to emergency situations, such as flooding in a mine,” Chávez Arvizo says. In the past 10 years Mexican import control has gone through a digitalization process, the biggest shift being adopting the terminology and classification system for goods used by the World Customs Organization (WCO). However, before Mexico became part of the WCO, the country had already started its process of modernization and of putting into place a more efficient customs system. “The Ventanilla Única (Single Point of Contact, SPOC) for Mexican foreign trade has been part of the modernization process that Mexico is going through. It is an international commitment that we must comply with as a country. The SPOC facilitates information management thanks to document digitalization, which is also recorded,” Chávez Arvizo says. He ensures that trade agreements allow merchandise to be brought in under different logistical and financial schemes. SEPCE makes suggestions to its clients so that they can explore different entrance routes, such as in-bond through the US. “NAFTA is the agreement that we use the most, because taxes are not paid on any of merchandise that is imported. Products coming from Europe and other parts of the world also benefit from reduced import rates and taxes,” he adds.

The Mexican mining boom has boosted SEPCE’s growth. “We have taken advantage of the sector’s development and the process has taken us to remote places, such as Mineral de Dolores. For that mine we were in charge of its imports from the beginning. It was a huge challenge in terms of coordination and logistics to reach a place that 10 years ago had no roads,” Chávez Arvizo says. “Mining is one of the industries with the highest quality standards and that propels us to improve in every way,” says Chavéz Arvizo.