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Power market war and outlook for 2021
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 22 February 2021

The year 2020 was one of conflict for the Mexican power sector. This article summarises the government's main attempts to undermine the electricity market's competitiveness in favour of the Federal Commission of Electricity, the status of said actions, the new law reform initiative and expectations for the Mexican electricity market in 2021.

Various accords and decrees modified following new LIGIE's entry into force
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • International Trade
  • Mexico
  • 12 February 2021

The new General Import and Export Duties Law recently entered into force, introducing a number of changes to tariff items. In addition, several accords and decrees have been modified in order to ensure that the non-tariff regulations and restrictions and preferential general import tax rates are applied to goods correctly.

IMMEX Decree amended
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • International Trade
  • Mexico
  • 05 February 2021

In order to make the Decree for the Promotion of the Manufacturing, Maquiladora and Export Services Industry consistent with the new General Import and Export Duties Law and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a number of the decree's annexes have been modified, including with respect to Annex I and Annex II tariff items.

TIGIE National Notes come into force
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • International Trade
  • Mexico
  • 29 January 2021

In December 2020 the National Notes entered into force. The National Notes are the official interpretation instrument of the General Import and Export Tariff Code of the new General Import and Export Duties Law, the application of which is mandatory to determine the tariff classification of goods entering and leaving Mexico. As a result, the Explanatory Notes of the Harmonised System have been abrogated.

Are you ready for the new General Import and Export Duties Law?
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • International Trade
  • Mexico
  • 22 January 2021

The new General Import and Export Duties Law (LIGIE) recently entered into force, updating the General Import and Export Tariff Code by removing more than 4,000 obsolete tariff items, consolidating the existing tariff items and introducing new tariff items for newly created goods. The new LIGIE also implements the Sixth Amendment to the Harmonised System established by the World Customs Organisation and introduces a commercial identification number.

Key changes to Foreign Trade General Rules
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • International Trade
  • Mexico
  • 15 January 2021

The Tax Administration Service recently published the Third Resolution of Modifications to the Foreign Trade General Rules 2020. This article sets out the key changes in this respect, which concern suspension from the importer registries, requests to rectify a pedimento form, commercial information numbers and fines.

Green CUFIN: tax incentive for renewable generation companies
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 26 October 2020

Green Net Tax Profit Accounts (CUFINs) were established in 2016 as a double tax incentive. The effect of a Green CUFIN is deferral of income tax payment at the corporate level while the shareholders anticipate the benefits of their participation in the entity. This is a valuable incentive for power generation companies and its requirements can be easily complied with through an adequate corporate structure.

Counter-reform: latest developments in battle that has become war
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 28 September 2020

The new federal government has taken many actions in an effort to prioritise the Federal Commission of Electricity, Mexico's state-owned power company, over other participants in the open electricity market implemented by the 2013 to 2014 energy reform. Now, despite multiple promises from the president that Mexico's energy legislation would not be reformed, his party has announced a legislative plan to embark on a new energy reform.

Crowdfunding as an investment and alternative financing tool for energy projects
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 03 August 2020

Due to the excessive exploitation of finite resources such as coal and oil, alternative sources of renewable energy are required to satisfy the high demand for energy. However, the creation and use of alternative sources of renewable energy require significant investment, which has become a major obstacle. Against this background, crowdfunding platforms have become an excellent financing option to develop projects focused on generating alternative energy.

Implications of Policy of Reliability, Security, Continuity and Quality of the National Electric System
Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Mexico
  • 20 July 2020

The Ministry of Energy recently published the Policy of Reliability, Security, Continuity and Quality of the National Electric System, a regulation which tacitly incorporates competition barriers for intermittent clean energy power plants. The policy allegedly aims to maintain the electricity supply and minimise risks which could prevent final users' electricity demands being met. However, it does not provide sufficient technical grounds to justify said objectives.

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