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Phase 05

Most common reasons for sanitary rejects

a) Physical Errors

  • Inappropriate hygiene of the vehicle.

  • Bad-quality wooden pallets.

  • Broken combos or exceeding their capacity.

  • Fallen boxes, or boxes on the ground, because they were improperly plastic-wrapped and stacked.

  • Soaked boxes because the cold temperature was not maintained and the cold chain was broken.

  • Boxes or combos not duly identified.

  • Superimposed labels with altered information.

  • Plant of origin is not authorized to import poultry products into Mexico or has expired.

  • The strapping or physical seal does not match with what is declared on the certificate.

b) Incorrect Labeling

  • Declaration of lots not corresponding with information on the certificate.

  • Declaration of slaughter by periods of time and not by day(s).

  • Incorrect description of the goods which do not match with the certificate.

  • The label does not bear the inspection stamp.

c) Certification Errors

  • Certificate without inspectors’ signature.

  • Doubtful signatures (altered, blurred, superimposed).

  • Annexes with incomplete information vs what the corresponding Animal Health Requirements Sheet (HRZ) indicates.

  • Certificate dates do not match with the Annexes.

  • Certificate backing up a different type of product.

  • USDA number does not match with the certificate.

d) Defectos críticos o anomalías físicas del producto

  • Blood clots.

  • Disease lesions.

  • Bruising.

  • Bone fragments.

  • Rotten product.

  • Foreign material in product (wood, metal, grease).

  • Feathers, wool or hair.

e) Breaking of the strap without the presence of SENASICA personnel

When the regulations are established, the vehicles that transport the imported goods must carry the strap that is established in the international health certificate of the country of origin in question, for which the assigned personnel will verify the integrity of the strap and that the number matches the declared one.

In the event that said strap is broken or removed by unauthorized personnel and / or other than the OISA in question, it will be grounds for rejection by the personnel of the OISA in question, for which purpose, they will issue a founded and motivated rejection resolution in writing to the importer.

However, when a different authority withdraws or changes the straps, the documentation of that authority in original or copy will be accepted (provided that it is validated by the same authority) and these are received through the corresponding regulatory area.


For shipments in which physical inspection is carried out at the point of entry on the northern border of Mexico, please refer for further reference to the section “Inspection procedure of meat, carcasses, viscera and import offal in accordance with the SENASICA´s Commercial Guide.

f) Customs Brokers’ Errors

Wrong Information entered in the One-Stop Shop for Foreign Trade (VUCEM):

  • Plant.

  • Tariff classification.

  • Lot number.

  • Slaughter and/or package dates.

  • Incorrect Sanitary Verification and Inspection Point (PVIZ).

  • Importer or exporter.

  • Final destination.

  • Weight.

  • Animal health measures.

  • Product description.

  • Use.

  • Payment key and payment name.

  • Missing supplementary documentation (invoice, certificate fee payment, sample payment, etc.).


g) Procedure of Goods Rejection

If there is a reason to reject goods, OISA’s staff will do the following:


  1. Take photographic evidence of the reason for the rejection to be sent to Central Offices in the corresponding report.

  2. Goods shall be under custody of SENASICA. Therefore, they may stay in a specific area of PVIZI or in a strapping-secured box. Said strapping shall be noted in the observations of the opinion issued.

  3. Notify the user that he shall proceed according to Article 72 of the regulations of the Federal Animal Health Act (LFSA); if not, the OISA may act in accordance to the provisions of Articles 73 and 74 of the same LFSA.


h) Modification and renewal of Certificates Issued by SENASICA

When a Certificate shows errors or typos, as long as they do not compromise the sanitary conditions and the identification of shipments, it will not lose its validity. Thus, no modifications or corrections will be required.

Renewal (deferral due to expiration date); or modification (incorrect or missing data) of an animal health or phytosanitary certificate, may be requested as long as the fee equivalent to 50% of the importation certificate is paid, in accordance to Article 86-A of the Federal Tax Act in effect.

The replacement of the document may be requested through the VUCEM web page. An acknowledgment of receipt will be obtained for the replacement request. If available, the pedimento will be attached, as well as the previous Importation Certificate issued by SENASICA, and the tariff classification resolution opinion issued by SAT, and, given the case, the change of the tariff classification derived from a Customs Review. 


In case of a renewal of the importation certificate issued by SENASICA, it may only be requested once, and at the time of request it must be current (Each Certificate is effective for 8 calendar days to be used in importation clearance).


I) Commercial guide for Certification of Goods Regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture (SADER) –Imported for Commercial Purposes

This is a phytosanitary inspection guide used by inspectors during review and inspection of goods regulated by SADER. In the following link, you may download the full Guide.

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