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US Manufacturers address letter to the president of México to protect supply chainsus manufacurers

Several U.S. companies, members of the National Association of Manufacturers, dedicated to the manufacturing of different supplies in Mexico addressed a letter to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on April 22, 2020, in which they expressed their concern in connection to the latest decrees that have been issued by the Ministry of Health and state governments that have resulted in the inability of such companies to operate their essential manufacturing facilities, as well as those of their suppliers. This, in detriment to their ability to deliver essential supplies (such as the resources required by health professionals, among others, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic), both for Mexican citizens and for the inhabitants of the rest of North America.

In this regard, the letter urges Mexico to recognize and standardize the criteria to determine if a manufacturer can be considered essential and critical, pursuant to the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), to the maximum extent possible. This would ensure the continuity of operations for producers of essential supplies, while reducing the disruption to the manufacturing supply chain of the production industry in North America.

Finally, the companies ensure their commitment to the safety and health of their employees, and in general, of the Mexican community, and have therefore implemented practices such as distancing and the use of protective equipment.

In Acedo Santamarina we continue advising our clients on their cross-border operations as well as in the adoption of the necessary measure to address the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus.

Lawyer Andrea Fernanda Olaya

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