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Ref : EIC 426/2

7 November 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 1002/2018

Mexico : New Requirements for Batteries

The Mexican government has set new requirements on batteries including cylindrical, prismatic and button cell batteries and battery packs establishing maximum mercury and cadmium limits in batteries and requiring batteries to include certain specific information. The new requirements NOM-212-SCFI-2017 will enter into force on 28 September 2019.


2.The new requirements set out that the maximum limits of mercury and cadmium by weight of the battery unit will be 0.0005% and 0.0020% respectively (with a more flexible allowance of 2% by weight of mercury for button cell batteries). It is also required to include certain specific information on batteries, including (a) the product designation; (b) year and month or week of manufacture; (c) positive terminal polarity; (d) nominal voltage; and (e) name or brand of the producer or supplier.

3.For the packaging of batteries, it must include (a) a graphical representation or the name of the product, except in instances where that information is obvious; (b) the name and address of the importer or domestic producer; (c) the country of origin; and (d) an indication of quantity in accordance with standard NOM-030-SCFI-2006, except in instances where the quantity can be ascertained by consumers at first glance. Batteries that are not pre-packaged for consumer sale are exempt from these labelling requirements.

4.For details, please refer to the relevant official notice (in Spanish) at


5.For enquiries concerning the content of this circular, please contact Mr Lewis LAU at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Ms Janette NG)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.