New Duty Free Limits for Entering Mexico – Dec. 2013

Dec. 10, 2013:  Please note that this post has been replaced by “ What Can I Bring into Mexico: Mexican Customs Rules – The Article “

The Aduana rules have changed.  We maintain this post, because it has useful comments listed below.

Dec. 5, 2013:  SAT/Aduana has issued new Duty Free limits for people entering Mexico by air and by land. The new year round limits are $500 US dollars per person entering Mexico by air, and $300 US dollars per person by land.  As before, personal items (clothing etc) are exempted from the $300/$500 limits.

From 2 official SAT/Aduana Websites:
Pasajeros:  Qué necesito saber antes de llegar al país
Mercancía que puedes introducir al territorio nacional sin el pago de impuestos:
1.  Cada pasajero (incluso si es menor de edad) tiene derecho a introducir al país, sin pago de impuestos, su equipaje personal y su franquicia. …
Aumento de la franquicia
La franquicia es el permiso que el gobierno mexicano concede a una persona, ya sea nacional o extranjera, para no pagar derechos e impuestos por una determinada cantidad de mercancías que introduce al país.

Ingreso a territorio nacional por vía marítima o aérea
La franquicia es hasta por 500 dólares o su equivalente en moneda nacional o extranjera, en uno o varios artículos, excepto si son cervezas, bebidas alcohólicas y tabacos labrados.

Ingreso al país por vía terrestre
La franquicia cubre hasta 300 dólares o su equivalente en moneda nacional o extranjera, en uno o varios artículos, excepto si son cervezas, bebidas alcohólicas, tabacos labrados y gasolina (salvo la contenida en el tanque de gasolina del vehículo siempre que esté de acuerdo con las especificaciones del fabricante).

En ambos casos, se debe contar con la factura, comprobante de venta o cualquier otro documento que exprese el valor comercial de las mercancías.

Las cantidades pueden acumularse por el padre, la madre y los hijos, incluso menores de edad, cuando el arribo a territorio nacional sea simultáneo y en el mismo medio de transporte. …”

Note that these are the year round limits.   There are also special holiday $500 USA per Mexican citizen Paisano program limits between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 8, 2014.

Continue reading here.

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Full Article can be read at: What Can I Bring into Mexico: Mexican Customs Rules – The Article

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29 Responses to New Duty Free Limits for Entering Mexico – Dec. 2013

  1. patricia stodd says:

    U should probably print this and carry it with you because it states the law as written


  2. patricia stodd says:

    Did I send this? U get to bring in $500 now ?

  3. Ed says:

    Will be in QRoo from US for 2 months, I want to bring extra cigars for personal use, how do I proceed and declare legally, is the tax 16%…

    Thank you

  4. Pat Curtice says:

    When traveling from the USA, Can I bring Jordan Almonds for a wedding to Mexico ? They are tied in mesh bags and packed in cardboard shoe boxes. Is there duty on such items? Please advise
    Thanks, pat

  5. marissa says:

    Hi Steve,
    I was wondering if I could bring a silver bowl into Mexico. It probably does not exceed $5,000. The issue with it is that it’s brand new, I was wondering if it could be considered a monetary instrument, in which case the limit is $10,000.

    Thank you,

  6. marissa says:

    Thank you so much! When you say assessing duties, do you mean I might need to declare it?

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Marissa,
      No “might need to declare it”, but instead, a definite yes that you need to declare it.

      As reported in the article above: You are allowed only $300 per person of non-personal goods when driving into Mexico, and only $500 per person of non-personal goods when flying into Mexico. You really would not want Aduana to confiscate your pretty bowl, because you chose not to follow the law. Declare it.. Pay any duties they decide you owe. They may just wave you through, but I’d have a receipt with me to prove the actual value, in case Aduana put an artificially high valuation on it.
      Happy Trails,

  7. Dee says:

    Hello, I am travelling from US to Mexico for vacation and are planning to bring 2 bottles of wine packed in my suitcase. Do I need to bring a receipt for them? Do I have to declare them at customs? Thank you!

  8. Coleen says:

    Hello. We are traveling from JFK to Cancun. How many bottles of alcohol AND how many bottles of wine can we purchase at the Duty Free Shop in the airport and bring into Cancun? Also, champagne is considered wine, correct?


  9. Liz says:

    Hi Steve, last time I came into Mexico (Sept 2014) the Houston Duty Free store said Mexico had changed the alcohol and smokes amount and only 10 packs (one carton) and 1.14L of spirits was max. Can you verify, also is “port” considered wine or a spirit? Would love to bring in 6L! Thanks!

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Liz,
      SAT and Aduana have deleted all their old websites describing the previous 20 pack limit, and now – according to their replacement current/NEW SAT’s official websites:
      Los pasajeros mayores de 18 años, un máximo de 10 cajetillas de cigarros, 25 puros o 200 gramos de tabaco; hasta tres litros de bebidas alcohólicas y seis litros de vino.

      Port is fortified, right? – which means it contains distilled spirits => 3 L limit.

      Rules keep changing – and these are the latest,

  10. Liz says:

    WOW, so she was right on the smokes, but not on the alcohol. I’ll look up to see if Port is fortified, I think it more like wine myself. Interesting they say ‘y’ not ‘o’??

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  13. Jolly Hansen says:

    Traveling across the TJ/San Diego border at least once a month and needing to go to my bank in SD to pay rent in TJ I have never run across anyone asking what I carry in cash.

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