There are direct costs associated with US Customs non- compliance.
These are fines and penalties you can avoid:
Failure to Make Entry
$5K USD First Violation
$10K subsequent Violations
If merchandise is landed – penalty is equal to the value of goods
Failure to Manifest $10K per violation or value of Merchandise
Failure to Report Foreign Repairs
4x duty owed on repairs
Jones Act Violation Value of Merchandise Transported or Cost of Transportation (whichever is greater)
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There are a variety of government agencies that offshore operators will come in contact with while working in Mexico.
The port is administered by the Administración Portuaria Integral (API). The API governs Mexico’s port development and local port operations.
All maritime activities are governed by the Captain of the Port and the harbormasters office, via the Direccion General de Marina Mercante which is a division of the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT).
All Customs matters fall under the authority of Aduana Mexico which reports to the treasury department Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT)
All Immigration Matters are governed by the Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM)which reports into the Secretaría de Gobernación.
Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) is tasked with administrating Mexico’s environmental protection initiatives.
Sanidad Internacional is part of the Secritaria de Salud (Ministry of Health) which administers Heath and Sanitation Inspections.
Quarantine inspections are carried out by the Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion (SAGARPA). SAGARPA acts as Mexico’s the department of agriculture and is charged with agricultural inspections of foreign vessels.
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B1/OCS visas are granted for crew working on board foreign owned/operated vessels in on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In order for a crewman to obtain a B1/OCS visa - their employer needs to provide them with an "manning exemption letter," which is a letter of concurrence or letter of determination from the US Coast Guard (USCG), confirming that the vessel or rig meets the foreign ownership requirement as laid out in 33 CFR 121.20.
To get this letter - an application is made to the USCG and must include the following information:
1) Project Scope (Type of Work, Location, and Duration)
2) Vessel Information (Vessel Name, Vessel IMO #, Vessel Type, Registry, Classification Document)
3) Contracts, Subcontracts and/or Bareboat Charter Agreements that affect ownership or control
4) Parent Company Public Trading and Registration Documents
5) Public Trading and Registration Documents for All Companies in Chain of Ownership
6) The identity and nationality of the parent company’s corporate president or chief executive officer
7) The identity and nationality of the parent company’s chairman and members of the board of directors
8) The identity and nationality of the parent company’s principal shareholders
9) The identity and nationality of officers of companies in the chain of ownership or control
10) A certified statement that addresses the national manning requirements found in 33 CFR 141.5(b)(3).
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