MEXICO CITY, July 20 (Reuters) - Mexico's tax authority has
suspended 82 companies from its list of approved importers,
including Spanish energy giant Repsol and a Kansas City Southern
(KCS) rail unit, the agency said late on Monday, citing
unspecified compliance failures.
Also among the companies suspended was another major rail
operator that is part of leading Mexican copper miner and
transport conglomerate Grupo Mexico.
Repsol, KCS and Grupo Mexico's Ferrosur rail freight unit
did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the
action by the tax authority, known locally as the SAT.
The SAT said in its statement that the actions were part of
a broader anti-tax evasion program in which Mexico's energy
ministry and CRE energy regulator are also involved.
Mexico imports large volumes of products including refined
fuels and grains, across its nearly 2,000-mile (3,220-km) land
border with the United States, in addition to receiving
shipments of goods via its major Pacific and Gulf Coast ports.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by David
Alire Garcia and Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler)