Mexico - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports
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The following items are prohibited or restricted:

  • Narcotics
  • Arms and ammunitions
  • Live fish
  • Predators of any size
  • Images representing children in a degrading or ridiculing way
  • Used clothes that are not part of personal luggage
  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Electronic cigarettes (as of February 2020)

A complete list of these items and their HS codes can be found on the Prohibited Items List at the Mexican Customs rules website.

In the case of medical devices and health care products, there are additional requirements. First, the products must comply with applicable standards. Second, foreign manufactured products need to have a legally appointed representative/distributor in Mexico. Third, the products must be registered with the Secretariat of Health (Secretaría de Salud or SSA) prior to being sold in Mexico. Except for blood, blood derivative products, and organs, almost all medical products can be imported into Mexico, provided they comply with existing regulations. See the Healthcare section of this guide for more information.