Export to Mexico

Export to Mexico

Mexico, a natural bridge between Latin America and the United States, is increasingly looking to reduce trade dependency on the US and Canada. The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement, which came into place in 2000, places Irish exporters in an ideal position to compete on equal terms with USA and Canada.

Mexico imports a wide range of goods and services from Ireland, from technology support to products related to the dairy industry. Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo described Ireland as Mexico’s ‘natural gateway to Europe’.

Sources: GOV.UK, RTE News, The World Bank

For more detailed information when trading with Mexico, download our Mexico Fact Sheet.



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DHL Facts

Locations: 357

Gateways into the country: 10

Number of Service Centres/Depots: 70

DHL Delivery Zone: 9

Fleet: 2,238 vehicles

Mexico: Country Profile
  • Capital:Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
  • Population:116.2 million
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Currency:Peso (MXN)
  • GDP:US$1.163 trillion
  • Duty Free Allowance:US$50


  • Imports into Mexico: US$379.4 billion (2012 est.)
  • Import Commodities:Metalworking, machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, car parts, aircraft, and aircraft parts.
  • Top Import Origins:Germany, USA, China, Brazil, Italy, Colombia.


  • Exports from Mexico:US$370.9 billion (2012 est.)
  • Export Commodities:Manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton.
  • Top Export Origins:Germany, USA, Canada, South Korea, Guatemala, Colombia, Japan.

Transit Times

The times provided for dutiable shipments are based on the time expected for customs in Mexico to clear the shipment – this is dependent on the value of the shipment.

Destination Document Dutiable Shipment
Mexico City 2 days 3 days
Merida 2 days 3 days
Guadalajara 2 days 3 days
Hermosillo 2 days 2 days
Monterrey 3 days 2 days

Prohibited Items Specific to Mexico

Mexico Customs prohibit or restrict the import of the following items into Mexico. Logistics providers will also have a list of items that are prohibited or restricted for transport to any location, for example dangerous goods. DHL’s standard list of prohibited items also applies.

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Firearms, parts of
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Military equipment
  • Perishables
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones

General note:

Goods with wooden packaging can be imported in accordance with Mexican Government regulations, however, if marked in accordance with the International Agreement of Protection, import will not be permitted.