On November 24, 2022, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published a notice stating that, effective November 30, 2022, the certificates of origin under the framework of the Free Trade Agreement with Panama will be issued via e-mail. This will reduce the turnaround from one or two days to two minutes. More than 450 companies will benefit annually on more than 7,200 certificate requests. It is important to note that the exporter must still print and sign the certificates. Authorities in Panama can verify the validity of certificates in real time through the VUCEM portal. The Ministry of Economy also published recommendations for the issuance and verification of the certificates of origin.
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The recommendations from Mexico’s Ministry of Economy can be found here: