Progress in the implementation of Ventanilla Única for Mexican Foreign Trade (VUCEM)

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Avances en la implementación de la ventanilla única de comercio exterior mexicana (VUCEM)

Last Friday saw the start of the second phase of the release of customs procedures to the Ventanilla Unica for Mexican Foreign Trade (VUCEM). This phase established the mandatory use of the one stop window in customs offices around the country for the electronic, paper-free clearance of goods though the use of COVE (Electronic Value Voucher) and the digitalization of documents attached to the customs declaration.


It is the most important implementation phase of the project because, from the outset, all customs declarations, slightly over 10 million per year, were being made through the One-Stop Window service. 
 
The Inter-Secretarial Commission on the Window, in coordination with the SAT, constantly monitored the release of the computer tool, making sure that the system began operations effectively and was stable, improving user response times.
 
Just yesterday, the window processed more than 80,000 COVES and more than 42,000 digitalized documents without a hitch and with rapid response times. Last Friday, approximately 47,000 COVES and 25,000 documents were processed. All this is in addition to the 420,000 COVES and 200,000 digital documents generated since the application's release in January last year.
 
The One-Stop Window began operations with the registration of users in September, 2011, and in January this year the President made the first customs clearance using the Window. Since then and to date, various customs procedure modules and modules from the Secretariat of Economy (SE), (Phase 1) have been released to the system.
 
During this and next month, the rest of the SE procedure systems (import and export quotas, IMMEX, certificates of origin, etc.) will be released, and the release of procedure systems relating to the remaining agencies will be started (Phases II and III).
 
Progress of Ventanilla Única
 
The VUCEM has been developed through a gradual release process. This type of release allows the orderly implementation of the project without hindering business operations, and enables a continuous learning and stabilization process. Since its beginning a variety of procedures have been released for handling via the VUCEM:
 
End of September 2011
 
• Release of the website www.ventanillaunica.gob.mx where businesses started the user register for Phase 1 (Customs and SE). To date, there are 49,000 registered users who represent more than 80% of the total.
 
January 2012
 
• Rollout of electronic goods clearance (implementation of the COVE Electronic Value Voucher and digitalization of documents attached to the customs declaration), officially opened by President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa in the new Customs Offices in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
 
• Release of 21 General Customs Administration procedures (for example, application for tax exemption).
 
• Rollout of the user register for Phase II (users of procedures with Sedena, Sagarpa, Semarnat and Health).
 
April- May 2012
 
The SE released the procedure modules of the Sectoral Promotion (PROSEC) Programs and Registration as a Border Company (RECIF).
 
June 2012
 
• On June 1 it became mandatory for all customs offices to use the VUCEM for the clearance of goods through COVE and the digitalization of documents attached to the declaration. The result at the end of that day and for the rest of the weekend was satisfactory: the operation was stabilized without compromising the viability and security of foreign trade operations.
 
• Rollout of the user register for Phase III (users of SENER and SEP procedures).
 
Future releases: June-July 2012
 
• The SE will release the procedures of Quotas, IMMEX, Permits and Certificates of Origin to the website.
 
• Also during these months, Federal Government agencies of Phase II (Sedena, Sagarpa, Semarnat and Health) and Phase III (SENER and SEP), will start the release of their foreign trade procedures in the Window.
 
Ventanilla Única for Mexican Foreign Trade
 
The VUCEM is the inter-secretarial project to facilitate foreign trade operations established by the Federal Government in which nine agencies participate. Since its inception, the VUCEM has been planned as a tool which enables the delivery of standardized information to a sole entity by electronic means for compliance with all Federal Government requirements related to the import, export and transport of goods.
 
The implementation of the VUCEM optimizes interaction between businesses and the authorities, reduces administration costs, and facilitates and encourages small and medium-sized businesses to export by extending the means and times for procedures and operations. 
 
The project has been developed under the operational coordination of the SAT, and under the supervision of an Inter-Secretarial Commission for the implementation of the Window, established by the head of the Federal Executive. Since its creation, the Commission has met on seven occasions with the agencies involved.
 

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