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UPDATE: Mexico Deems Aftermarket Essential

Mexico has declared a health emergency. As part of this, the Mexican government has identified essential services.


Editor’s Note: Since first posting the article below on April 1st, AMN has since learned that Mexico has since deemed the aftermarket as non-essential. Below is a new update from AASA:

Mexico Transportation Sector Deemed Non-Essential
Dear AASA Members,

The transportation sector was recently removed from the essential services list in Mexico. Therefore, many of our members are experiencing disruptions to operations as a result of the state of emergency.

The following information will help you understand and navigate the current situation and take the appropriate steps to potentially keep open or reopen appropriate facilities.

MEMA’s Government Advocacy team provided us with this update today: As most of you know, INA’s request for an exception from Mexico’s emergency order was denied.The latest copy of the decree that MEMA has been able to review is available here. MEMA is working with trade associations and the US government to seek exceptions and a coordinated plan for North America to return to production.Please stay safe as AASA and the MEMA government advocacy group continues to fight hard for our industry and the supplier community in these challenging circumstances.

Information provided by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association.

Mexico is now following the U.S. in declaring a health emergency. As part of this, the Mexican government has identified essential services.

Based on AASA’s reading of the announcement, aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers should be identified as essential services. AASA has heard that several members are preparing documentation for waivers or other filings, if they become necessary.


Please find below a briefing from your government advocacy team on this issue.

AASA will share updates via its AASA COVID-19 LinkedIn Group, including appropriate contacts in Mexico as they become available. We encourage you to post your experiences in Mexico to share best practices and what has been effective in keeping essential aftermarket supplier operations open.


  • Mexico issued a new health emergency declaration (click here for a Spanish-language summary presentation and click here for a rough/unofficial English translation courtesy of NAM).
  • Essential sectors include, but are not limited to: distribution and sale of energy, generation and distribution of drinking water, food and non-alcoholic beverages industry, food markets, supermarkets, grocery and prepared food sales, agricultural and livestock production, passenger and cargo transportation services, agro-industry, chemistry, cleaning products, telecommunications and media information, storage and cold chain of essential supplies and logistics (ports and railways), as well as activities whose suspension may have effects irreversible for their continuation.
  • The conservation and maintenance of critical infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of essential services, such as: drinking water, electricity, gas, oil, gasoline, jet fuel, basic sanitation, public transport, first class hospital and medical infrastructure, among others that could be defined under this category.
  • In all the sectors and activities defined as essential, the following actions must be applied in a mandatory manner: do not hold meetings or congregations of more than 100 people, frequent hand washing, sneezing or cough by applying the respiratory label, remote greeting (do not greet with a kiss, hand or hug), and all other healthy distance measures in force and issued by the Federal Secretary of Health.

MEMA will share additional information as it becomes available.



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