Update for Mexico Customs Vehicle / Car Import Rules

Dec. 18, 2014
Jan. 2015 Update for Rules on Vehicle/Car Imports
SAT/Aduana has announced their latest rules for permanently importing cars and non-dually pickup trucks into Mexico.  The rules take effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and are described in the following video:

The ever-helpful, very talented Mexican attorney Spencer McMullen ( Chapalalaw.com ) has offered the following summary of the new Aduana rules for permanent vehicle imports by private individuals.

What vehicles can be imported:
~ Used NAFTA cars and non-dually pickups:  VIN shows they were made or assembled in Mexico, the USA or Canada.
~ 8 to 9 year old cars.
~  Vehicles whose rights are restricted or prohibited from being driven in their home country are prohibited from importation. (? – Editor’s note: Waiting for clarification on this item)

Requirements & Notes:
~ Importation fee: Ten percent of the value of the vehicle, plus taxes due for entry into the country.
~ Cars can be imported by Mexicans living in Mexico and abroad.
~ Importers need official ID and CURP, car title in their name or signed-over to them,  emissions certificate,  nothing limiting their right to be driven in their home country

1.  Go to a customs agent with your ID, letter of appointment of customs broker, and vehicle title.
2.  Verify that the customs agent:
~    ~ Obtains a certificate that the vehicle complies with physical / mechanical conditions and environmental protection (verification centers exist close to the border zone aduanas).
~    ~ Verifies that the vehicle has not been reported stolen
~    ~ Verifies that the vehicle VIN number matches the title.
~    ~ Presents any/all US-titled vehicles to American Customs (CBP) to perform the required US export (this process takes an average of two days – but CBP rules say to bring the vehicle to them 72 hours before the planned export).   (Editor’s Note: The rules for Canadian vehicles are still being resolved on this issue.)
~    ~ Prepares the importation pedimento.
~    ~ Pays the proper taxes
~    ~ Turns in the definitive importation pedimento fully paid.

3.  Present the vehicle along with the pedimento at the aduana module for inspection and receive the import pedimentos with its attachments and register the vehicle in the Public Vehicle Registry.

Remember, only a licensed customs agent can do the procedure with Aduana.  Vehicle importations are not done in the street.  Do not turn over money or documents in the street.

I am just the messenger, I do not know how Canadians will fare without a title, or why they should deal with US customs or heck if anybody but a Mexican can import as it doesn’t mention foreigners at all.  Also I have no idea how people will babysit customs agents and make sure they comply with the list of items SAT gives.”

This good information was prepared by Mexican licensed attorney Lic. Spencer Richard McMullen (Cédula #7928026) and official court translator (Perito Traductor). Mx 376-765-7553   Chapalalaw.com

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For details on driving in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at: Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico http://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/
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Mexico – Aduana’s New Rules for Temporary Importation of Vehicles

Dec. 15, 2014

New SAT/Aduana Manual for Temporary Importation of Vehicles

SAT recently released the latest version of their Vehicle Importation Manual.   The new manual can be found here: http://www.sat.gob.mx/informacion_fiscal/normatividad/Documents/manual_importacion_vehiculos.pdf

This post highlights some of the most important changes for vehicle Temporary Import Permit (TIP) holders:
1.   Since June 2010, foreigners with TIPs must notify Aduana each time they renew their INM permit, or when they exchange their FMM & consulate preauthorization for a Residente Temporal card.   THE Nov. 2014 CHANGE: ~ Aduana now allows us to send them our INM renewal notice EARLY.   Aduana now requires  either  the copy of the new INM card OR  ~ the NUT number ~ OR INM’s printed resolution authorizing the new card.  INM’s printed “resolution”  authorizing the new card is the paper they give you when you are approved for fingerprinting – because when we receive this INM “resolution”, it means  we are formally approved for the visa.     (Item 2.4)

Ironically, the INM “resolution” document only has your NUT printed on it, and does not show your name or any personal identifying information.

This means we can now notify Aduana early – before receiving the INM card – using the 2 INM papers we get while processing our new INM visa (renewal) application.  If you have a TIP:   SAVE  that INM paper with the NUT number,  and  SAVE   that INM paper that approves you for fingerprinting.

Even though the new SAT/Aduana rules say we can use just the NUT,  savvy travelers note that it’s best to use both INM papers to renew your TIP:   If Aduana receives our request to renew out TIP with just the NUT paper, there can be a problem if Aduana checks the INM records before INM finishes approving your application.  When we have both INM’s  NUT paper and the notification of approval for fingerprinting, we have cleared that final key INM hurdle.

To avoid losing your deposit, good immigration attorneys are having their clients file their Aduana vehicle notification the very day they are notified they can place fingerprints, including a copy of the notification, as well as the pdf notification with no personal information.

2.  SAT/Aduana’s Second Big Nov. 2014 Change:  SAT/Aduana has changed to 15 business days  for the grace period for filing our INM permit-renewal / TIP renewal (after INM card approval).   It is no longer 15 calendar days.    (Item 2.4)

3.   SAT/Aduana maximum duration periods for renewing TIPs now matches INM permit periods:  The new maximum periods that we can have TIP vehicles imported with Residente Temporal is up to 4 years.   Residente Temporal Estudiante’s TIPs are for the duration of their studies.    TIPs for FMM para “canje”  (foreigners entering Mexico using the 30 day canje preauthorized visa from a Mexican  consulate) are for up to 30 days, and can be extended up to 4 years when you get your Residente Temporal. (Item 2.2)

~  The SAT/Aduana manual continues with the same 3 ways for to applying for TIPs:  Apply at the border ($51 USS + IVA).   Apply online at http://www.banjercito.com.mx ($45 USD + IVA).  or  Apply at the Mexican consulates in Chicago, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Denver and Phoenix  ($51 USD + IVA). (Item 2.3)

~  Vehicle deposits paid remain the same.
$400US for car models 2007 – 2015,
$300US for car models 2001 – 2006, and
$200US for cars 2000 and older. (Item 2.3)

~ The people allowed to drive our TIP cars are the same:  e.g. Tourists, Residente Temporales, and family members if the TIP holder is not in the car. (Item 2.8)

As with other articles, we thank the fine Mexican attorney, Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen
(Cédula #7928026) and official court translator (Perito Traductor). Mx 376-765-7553 for providing this good information.

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For details on driving in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at: Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico http://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/
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Howler Monkeys of Calakmul

Dec. 5, 2014
Howler Monkeys gone Wild
Calakmul world heritage site Maya ruins and Biosfera reserve treated Yucatan Bill,  me, and about 20 totally clueless tourists to a battle royale for dominance of a 12 member Howler Monkey pack. We had watched the pack resting and lounging-about in the distance about 2 hours earlier ~ the first howler monkeys in the wild Bill and I had ever seen ~ never expecting what was just over the horizon.

A free-for-all pitched battle started right in front of the Big Pyramid (Estructura #2) – when a big strong #2 male challenged #1, for Leader of the Pack… Estructura #2 Calakmul 2014in the treetops, right next to the bottom set of stairs in this foto.

A wild battle raged for over 20 minutes … 4 big male howler monkeys thrashing and crashing around the top of the jungle canopy, jockeying for position, slashing at each other’s flanks with nasty canines , as the majority remainder of the troop of Howler spectators (6-8 others) ~ hooted, howled and roared – and watched for a winner.

Continue reading the full article at:  Howler Monkeys Gone Wild ! Calakmul 2014

Here are a few of Bill Drennon’s exceptional fotos …
Note that these fotos are the personal property of William Drennon, fully copyrighted, and are NOT permitted for use without Mr. Drennon’s prior approval.

Howler Monkey #2 – “The Usurper” issues a challenge to #1, the Leader of the Pack. ©William Drennon


The Leader of the Pack replies … ©William Drennon


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Full article at: Howler Monkeys Gone Wild ! Calakmul 2014

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It’s baaack: Holiday Season in Merida

Dec. 5, 2014
It’s that time of year, again:
1. Time to pay aguinaldos (the pay from a 15 day period => 15 day Aguinaldo x (# days worked per year/365)  x  $$ what you pay them per day).

For a part time worker who works 1 day a week (for 52 weeks) for $50 pesos a day:
15 day Aguinaldo x (52 days/365 days) x $50 pesos a day = $106.85 peso Aguinaldo.

2. INM office will be closing for Navidad y New Years after Dec. 19, 2014.

3. The season of La Rama is underway. Groups of boys & girls have started their nightly “caroling”.

rama001If some kids ring your doorbell and start singing, turn on the lights out front and find your coin purse: you may have your first foto-op of the season. Children carry little homemade alters, set-up in cigar boxes, lit by a candle, and sing a series of La Rama songs during the weeks before Christmas (antes de Noche Buena y Navidad).


4.  It’s the season of the Peregrinos (pilgrims) Guadalupanos – aka Antorchistas:

antorchistasGroups of runners, walkers, cyclists, making their way to the Nuestra Señora church at La Mejorada on Calle 50 y 57/59. Head on down in the evenings and have fun listening to the pilgrim’s stories and festive atmosphere, culminating on Dec. 12, el Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

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Ordinary Mexicans Explain What has Happened, and Why

Dec. 1, 2014


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Will Oil Prices Continue to Fall…? Effects on Mexico?

Dec. 1, 2014
Just what is going on with falling oil prices, and how will it affect Mexico and expats living in Mexico?

Just who is producing oil – and how much?  …  Who are the players?

Just which players are losing money and which ones are making money?

Will Canadian businessmen and US businessmen choose to sell oil at a loss?

Just what are Russia’s real costs?   … Canada’s real costs?    … USA’s real costs?

Basic Story:  US oil production from the new North Dakota & Montana oil shale fields is driving down world oil prices – as the US oil boom has grown to 1.1 million barrels a day – surpassing Iran’s output.

Some news sources like the Washington Post are flogging reports of $40 a barrel oil due to “$42 per barrel” US costs –  or even “$30 a barrel” Canadian costs –   but these WaPo quoted “experts”  really don’t fit the realities of actual US production costs –   and that 1.1 million bbl per day for USA is just 1.2% of the world’s daily output of 92 million bbl/day.

Experts on the US Bakken Shale (North Dakota) production costs instead say:  “$70 a barrel could cut production 28 percent to 800,000 barrels a day by February from the 1.1 million barrel current levels.”   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-21/oil-at-80-a-barrel-muffles-forecasts-for-u-s-shale-boom.html

Sharp readers may realize that countries whose governments rely on crude oil sales, are facing some real problems,  especially    Russia,  Iran,  Venezuela,  and  Nigeria …  whose governments are currently selling oil at huge losses.

.     .     .  (see main article  What’s Going on with Oil Prices? )

…  Coincidentally,  $80 a barrel is the typical NYMEX crude price that American and Canadian producers need to make tidy profits,   so,  smart thrifty expats in Mexico could decide to  buy your pesos now – while oil prices are below the $80 a bbl benchmark….

…   For more details on this, please see our main article at:
What’s Going on with Oil Prices?
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US Customs and Border Patrol Memo on Exporting US Used Cars before Importing into Mexico

November 15, 2014
On Nov. 13, 2014,  the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a formal memo, reaffirming the 1992 US Customs rules that American citizens must formally export their US-titled used cars,  before the vehicle is permanently imported into any other country.

Here is the key part of the official CBP memo.

“Exporting Used Self-Propelled Vehicles
In accordance with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) mandates filing of Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) or through AESDirect for all used self-propelled vehicles 72 hours prior to export regardless of destination, value or condition. (Reference: Federal Register Notice 78 FR 16366, Title 15 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 30.2(a)(1)(iv)(H) and 15 CFR 30.4(b)(5). “

“These regulations apply to all used-self-propelled vehicles. First-time and one-time exports will require completion and submission of all mandatory AES filing requirements 72 hours prior to export. “

Note that the previous CPB rules for $250 fines for private individuals and $10,000 fines for professional importers who do not formally export used American vehicles, still apply.

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Readers who want to read the entire memo, including FAQ’s and answers can get all the details at:  http://yucalandia.com/us-customs-and-border-patrol-memo-on-exporting-us-used-cars-before-importing-into-mexico/

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For more details on Mexican Import/Aduana rules, please see our main article at:
Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico
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