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Complemento Carta Porte/Bill of Lading Complement in 2024

International shipping is an ever changing and fast-growing environment. Whether you’re new to the industry or are looking to expand your business, you’ll need to be on the lookout for new laws, documentation, and rules that could impact your business. For those looking to begin shipping freight within Mexico, you’ll need to be aware of multiple requirements to be active in the region, such as:


  • Bill of Lading (BOL)
  • Commercial Invoice, the Carrier Information
  • Certification of Origin
  • Document of Operations for Customs Clearence (DODA)
  • U.S. Customs Declaration

If you want to learn more about these documents listed above, please read our article where we discuss required documents for cross-border shipping. In this article, we’ll explore a more recent addition to the list: your Complemento Carta Porte, also known as your Bill of Lading Complement.

What is a Complemento Carta Porte/Bill of Lading Complement?

Since January of 2022, the Mexican Tax Administration service introduced their new requirement for international shippers known as “Complemento Carta Porte” or Bill of Lading Complement. This document is applicable to any imported or exported goods in transit within Mexico and its territories. The CCP documentation is intended to reduce illegal shipping activity, and if not completed correctly, could cause you to incur fines and penalties when trying to cross the border.


What Information is Required to File a CCP?

On the updated version of the CCP documentation, several sections are required to be filed at least 48 hours prior to operation in Mexico. This includes:


  • A description of the good that will be moved
  • Information about the means of transportation (i.e. by sea, road, train, etc.)
  • Information about the driver (used primarily for road transportation)
  • Shipper or Receiver information
  • Details about the shipper or receiver location(s)
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Impacts to Your Company

It’s very important to note that this documentation is absolutely necessary in order to operate in, or through, the Mexican territories. Failure to comply with filing this documentation prior to shipping could result in repercussions, such as:

  • Seizure of goods
  • Monetary fines
  • Vehicle impounds
  • Temporary carrier shutdown

For those working with customs brokers, freight forwarders, or even with transportation companies local to Mexico, it’s important to ensure this document is checked off the list.

Working with a carrier familiar with the intricacies of international shipping is highly recommended for those looking to expand their business into the area. Melton Truck Lines has handled thousands of international shipments over our 70+ years of service, so you can rest assured knowing your cross-border freight is in good hands. If you want to learn more about shipping your freight internationally, check out our cross-border shipping page and see how we can help!

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