The United States and Mexico have issued a work plan for their High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC) over the next two years. The HLRCC was established to facilitate intra-North American commerce and enhance the competitiveness of North American producers in key export markets.  With that in mind, the items included in the work plan aim to reduce administrative burdens, align regulations, and create new opportunities for business.

On Food Safety, the HLRCC will intensify the present bilateral dialogue aimed at implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) provisions of common interest and facilitate Mexico’s participation on rulemaking.  By December 2012, the two sides will hold consultations on a draft FSMA capacity building plan, complete at least two technical assistance activities for the Mexican private sector, and renew a bilateral food safety cooperative agreement.

On E-certification for Plants and Plant Products, The United States and Mexico will work together to develop by December compatible electronic certificate programs, so that phytosanitary e-certificates for plants and plant products from one country will be accepted by the other.  Once that phase is accomplished, both sides will assess next steps related to e-certification of live animals and animal products.

On Truck Safety, The HLRCC will facilitate a bilateral dialogue so that Mexico’s safety standard will be in harmony with existing U.S. rules and standards.  This Mexican standard governs mechanical and safety conditions for operating trucks on national roads and bridges and is currently being revised and implemented.