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OFFSHORE OPERATORS IN MEXICO: GOVERNMENT AGENCIES YOU SHOULD KNOW

Mexican Authorities

Mexico is the Fourth Largest Oil Producer in the Western Hemisphere. 

Although production has fallen in recent years, oil revenues still generate over 10% of Mexico's export earnings. With its close proximity to the United States, Mexico tends to be a more cost-effective option for oil companies whose alternative drilling locations could be as far away as Africa, South America, or Asia.

While Mexico looks like a haven to companies working in offshore operations, it is prudent to understand the importance of establishing local, working relationships with the proper authorities.

Below we've compiled a list of government agencies offshore operators will come in contact with while working in Mexico:

1. Harbor Master

First and foremost, all maritime activities are governed by the Harbormaster's Office. Harbor Masters (also referred to as "Capitania") oversee the operational readiness of ports, including safety, security, and environmental protection. The Harbor Master reports directly to the Secretaría de Marina (Secretary of the Navy).

​2. Sanidad Internacional

Sanidad Internacional is part of the Secritaria de Salud (Ministry of Health) which administers health and sanitation inspections on all vessels. Sanidad Internacional is the first authority to go onboard to verify health certificates and carry out fumigations in accordance with regulations. Vessels are not allowed to leave port until Sanidad Internacional authorities have gone on board to check it is in compliance with these regulations.

 3. Instituto Nacional de Migracion

All immigration matters are governed by the Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM). The INM reports into the Secretaría de Gobernación, which handles certain domestic affairs and national security issues.

4. SAGARPA

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.

5. Aduana Mexico

Customs matters fall under the authority of Aduana Mexico. This organization handles import and export requirements and oversees trade agreements and regulations. Aduana Mexico reports to the treasury department Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT).

6. SEMARNAT

Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) is tasked with administrating Mexico's environmental protection initiatives. SEMARNAT's policies are based on sustainable development and are aimed at the conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, assets, and environmental services in Mexico.

7.  Administración Portuaria Integral

Docking positions and dock assignments are managed by the Administración Portuaria Integral (API). In addition, the API governs Mexico's port development as well as local port operations.

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Monday, 06 February 2023