On February 18TH, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) published in the National Foreign Trade Information Service (SNICE), the official letter, which informs that, in relation to the recent events reported by the Federal Commission of Electricity, which resulted in the interruption of the electric power supply due to a generation deficit in the north and northeast of the country, and in order to provide certainty to the users of the Mexican Foreign Trade Digital Window (VUCEM), located in those areas, the following is reported:
- In accordance with the provisions of the third paragraph of article 28 of the Federal Administrative Procedure Law, the terms may be suspended due to force majeure or unforeseeable circumstances, duly founded and motivated by the competent authority.
- In this sense, the Federal Electricity Commission reported the interruption of the electricity supply on February 15, 16 and 17, 2021 due to a generation deficit in the north and northeast of the country, especially in the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, which caused difficulties in those states in the operation of the VUCEM, which is essential for the development of the functions of trade facilitation and foreign trade entrusted to the Secretariat of Economy.
- Because of this, the procedures and procedures in foreign trade that are carried out through said Window were affected.
- Due to the above, and only for those users whose domicile is in the States of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, for February 15, 16 and 17, 2021, the terms for force majeure are suspended for the attention to the requirements of the procedures competence of the Directorate of Trade Facilitation and Foreign Trade (DGFCCE) followed through the VUCEM, so the deadlines will not run on those dates.