With the aim of stopping drug trafficking in customs, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador issued a decree for the creation of the National Customs Agency (ANAM).

Among the main changes is that the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit will no longer be the one that controls Mexican customs through the SAT, but will now be controlled by Navy and SEDENA personnel.

Horacio Duarte Olivares, General Administrator of Customs of Mexico, assured in an interview that the intention and presence of the military in customs is to “fulfill their orders, without any other intention and with great respect for the country.”

The decree will enter into force when the legal reforms begin to take effect, with the objective that the SAT may have time to grant ANAM the competence it has in tax and customs matters.

Once the change is applied, the SHCP will have 180 calendar days to present ANAM’s internal regulations to the government.

What is sought with its inclusion?

  • Prevent crime, corruption and drug trafficking in customs.
  • Serve as a “deterrent effect” presence for tax payment compliance.
  • Prevent the smuggling of weapons and drugs.

What is the military in charge of?

  • With this change, the Navy and SEDENA will have autonomy in different issues that they did not have before.
  • Among them is the administrative part that goes from buying a sheet of paper to hiring staff; aspects that were carried out through the SAT.
  • In addition, ANAM will be able to preserve control when proceedings are brought before a court.
  • The intention is that the 49 customs of the country have active or inactive military personnel who monitor the customs, collaborate with the current personnel and lead the administrative activities for a coordinated work