An interesting question was posed to Rolly Brook and me on Mexconnect. ONAPPAFA – Importing a Used Car into Mexico
Mexconnect Topic: Importing a Used Car into Mexico:
Sculptari writes: Rolly and Steve -how does this ONAPPAFA thing work? apparently it is real popular near the border, under the guise of a grassroots movement to protect the rights of Mexican nacionales -especially those living near the border. You hire them to nationalize your car, the first thing they do is file an Amparos, so Aduana cannot seize your car while the application process is ongoing. It is good for one year at time, and costs about $37 USD per year, and you get an annual sticker on the back of your car. After 5 or so years, the org might report that your car is ineligible because it is Japanese (let’s say), but you get 5 years of driving – and the Mexican police are following this -they do not give expired tag tickets, and are constitutionally barred from an impound.
Here’s Yucalandia’s take on the rather curious ONAPPAFA program:
The national President of the ONAPPAFA organization made a filing with the State of Sonora (where this can be a hot issue) on the legality of ONAPPAFA “permits” and problems with them: ONAPPAFA Legal Filing with the State of Sonora. The ONAPPAFA President officially complains of problems that families have when using the ONAPPAFA programs – causing the owners legal problems with State and local authorities: . . .
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To each his own,
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Full article at: ONAPPAFA – An Alternative to Paying Aduana Import Duties and Permit Fees? – The Article
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