Are you planning to ship freight to Mexico? Do you want to simplify the process, maybe make it a little easier? Well on May 16 of this year Mexico became the 2nd Latin American country to accept ATA Carnets, the merchandise passports honored in some 80 countries and customs territories, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which issues and guarantees the internationally recognized customs documents in the U.S. Chile became the 1st Latin American country to accept them in 2005. Carnets are accepted for: Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, and Professional Equipment. Mexico is the United States second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner overall. Top U.S. exports to Mexico include electrical machinery; vehicles; auto parts; plastics; aircraft and aircraft parts. Until recently, Mexico and other Latin American countries were not a part of the international Carnet system, which originated in Europe in 1961. Mexicos acceptance of ATA Carnets opens the region to this innovative and valuable service. Worldwide, more than 160,000 Carnets are issued every year, accounting for hundreds of thousands of customs declarations and covering goods with a total value of over $20 billion (U.S.). The Carnet system is overseen by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Customs Organization. A couple of things to keep in mind: Carnet goods will be allowed to stay in Mexico for a period of six months and may request an extension for an additional 6 months. Requests for extensions must be received by the Mexican Customs office at least 14 days prior to the Carnet expiration date. Carnets entering Mexico must be registered before arrival. For details contact your TWI representative. Only the following ports in Mexico are authorized to handle ATA Carnets. For full port details contact your TWI representative. o Tijuana o Juarez o Nuevo Laredo o Altamira o Veracruz o Manzanillo o Monterrey o Guadalajara o Cancún o México City Airport For more information on Carnets: [url=http://www.twiglobal.com/services/carnet-services.html]http://www.twiglobal.com/services/carnet-services.html[/url] Upcoming Exhibitions in Mexico: Aeroxchange Annual Conference 2012 February 28 March 01, 2012 Cancun Expo Seguridad México 2012 April 24 26, 2012 Mexico City Expo AMPIMM 2012 June 13 - 16, 2012 - Mexico City -- by Janice Cooper, Sales Support Representative at TWI Group, Inc., the premiere specialist in international tradeshow logistics. To contact Janice, or to find out how TWI Group can help with your upcoming tradeshow shipments, please call our Las Vegas Headquarters at 702.691.9000.