New (Limited) Vehicle Importation Rules for Mexico

New Vehicle Import Laws Allow 8 – 9 Year Old Big Vehicles in a Special Northern Mexico Zone
As of Friday, July 1, Mexico allows the importation of 8-9 year old NAFTA approved large vehicles like combis, trucks, buses, etc into the States of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and part of Sonora. “Diario Official – Primera Seccion – July 1, 2011 pp. 97-101”. Residents of this special zone are allowed to import these 8-9 year old vehicles at lower taxes. Article 12 allows these vehicles to be dispatched through the rest of Mexico. A number of blogs are reporting that the law applies to all areas of Mexico and all cars, but we’ve found no evidence of this. For now, we prefer El Universal’s July 3, 2011 report that confirms Yucalandia’s reading of the new statute, confining the rule changes to a special Northern zone and to large vehicles.

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This post is meant as a public service announcement, not as legal advice. Subsequent posts will be updated as understandings and interpretations of the new rules develop.
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Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry

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One Response to New (Limited) Vehicle Importation Rules for Mexico

  1. Alan from Mérida says:

    Have read the law. Not clear to me if it actually is of any direct relevance to expats. Seems to me to be for those engaged in public transport (such as collectivos/combi).

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