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Looking to Start Manufacturing in Mexico?

Working with a Shelter Company in Mexico is the Way to Start!

From the evaluation of the potential manufacturing expansion into Mexico to the complete set-up and day-to-day administration of your manufacturing operation in Mexico.

Mexico Shelter Services

We’ve helped over 220 companies find success by expanding manufacturing operations to Mexico. Our decades of expertise, network of private and government partners and a support staff for all your needs will allow you to get up and running with minimal legal and financial exposure.

If you are looking to manufacture or outsource to Mexico, a traditional Mexican shelter company is the way to start.

What is a Mexico Shelter Company?

Most often, manufacturers in Mexico or maquiladoras in Mexico, don’t go through setting up their own independent Mexican corporation, but rather start operations under a shelter company. Understanding the laws, regulations and compliance required in any country can be costly, time consuming and have a major long-term impact your company’s success.

CPI’s Shelter Program offers a full-service option that allows manufacturers to get started in Mexico with minimal legal and financial exposure. Your company will be set up under a CPI shelter company, thus insulating your business and lowering your risks substantially.

CPI’s Shelter Program provides an existing operating model where your company has an arm-lengths relationship with the Mexican entity and can setup as quickly as 30 – 90 days, all depending on the required tenant improvements and import/export permits required. Think of this as a Mexico Shelter Manufacturing Partnership between CPI and your firm.

CPI offers an IVA Certified Mexican Entity that already has the existing permits required and allows your manufacturing company to start its operations immediately.

Under this program CPI offers an IVA Certified Mexican Entity that already has the existing permits required and allows your manufacturing company to start its operations immediately.

Benefits of Quick Ramp-Up under CPI’s Shelter Company Program:

  • Mexican Entity Name is already set
  • Benefit Program is set allowing for set salary cost structure
  • Use of IVA Certified Mexican Entity
  • Use of Mexican IMMEX certification for duty-free temporary import/export of materials and finished goods
  • Quick Start Up Date
  • Able to change to an independent corporation at any time

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Does CPI get involved with our production process?

Your company still makes all the decisions – from site selection, personnel, and vendors, to build-out and setup of the production facility and after your plant is up and running. CPI is there with you every step of the way providing guidance, existing infrastructure and an administrative team.

Your company keeps full operational control of its manufacturing process and provides the equipment, raw materials, production process and controls, and ERP systems.

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Can We Start Under a Shelter and Change to an Independent Corporation?

Absolutely! CPI’s Shelter Company Program is there as long as you need it. Some companies stay under our shelter company for decades, while others use it to get started quickly and then transfer into their own independent corporation. It is always up to you and can be changed at any time.

We can provide you with a cost analysis of these options, so you can weigh the benefits of each before making a decision.

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Does CPI get involved with our production process?

No, we don’t. But we handle just about everything else (think: back office). We know you are the expert at your products and processes. The only time we are even close to the production floor is when our in-house Environmental, Health & Safety Coordinator is there working with your team during permitting, compliance and audits. You can read more about that here.

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What’s the IMMEX program for temporary import of materials?

Free trade agreements allow for duty-free import and export of materials and products between member countries. What often isn’t covered or free are the taxes/VAT/IVA. This is where the Mexican government’s IMMEX program comes in.

Once your company is certified for IMMEX (a process handled under the CPI Shelter Company Program), it will allow tax/VAT/IVA exemption on the temporary import of raw materials and goods if they transformed and exported within 18 months (with some restrictions).

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How does CPI work with us for site selection?

Think of us as your personal real estate agent. We will take you to available industrial facilities based on your specs. We facilitate negotiations, your build-out needs and everything in between. When you decide on the best building for your needs, CPI signs the lease agreement with your company as the guarantor (this is another benefit of our Shelter Company Program).

“Aspen Medical Products was very diligent in choosing a shelter services company.  We did extensive research and felt that CPI was the best shelter services company for Aspen in Tijuana and by partnering with them, we were able to minimize our risk of operating in a new country.” 

“After a thorough search of shelter companies, ICON selected CPI because of their local expertise and cultural fit with ICON. CPI demonstrated they understood the keys to ICON’s success in Mexico and that they could execute quickly given ICON accelerated timeline.” 

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