Feb. 13, 2014: Update
Two different auto import brokers/agents have written us to say that they are now allowed to import NAFTA cars (2008 and older), under an amparo that is valid until December 2014.
Feb. 2, 2014: Update
As the vehicle import agents at Nogales and Laredo say they are not able to permanently import autos, (due to problems with their amparo’s), instead Sonia Diaz of SMA continues to offer permanent import services (using paper-only process – no driving) for German cars, Swedish cars, Japanese cars (not Korean), and NAFTA vehicles. She offers this email address: SONIANGEL32@hotmail.com and cell: 044-415-106-1499, but “email works best.” She is currently processing permanent imports for vehicles from 14 different locations/clients from Cozumel to Zihuatenejo. She offers a written full money-back guarantee if not successful.
Jan. 25, 2014: Update
Two Laredo customs brokers are now reporting that they are telling clients that they will be suspending vehicle imports after Jan. 29. They hope that the hiatus will be resolved in several weeks, but they offer no assurance to how long older foreign car imports will be suspended.
Jan. 21, 2014:
There is a report on Mexconnect today that may affect permanent imports of NAFTA cars older than 2008 model year vehicles:
” Óscar Angulo of Nogales, says that México now will not nationalize any “qualified vehicle” made later than (2008?). ” http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=197141;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;page=last;#last
In a later communication today (Jan. 22) Sr. Angulo wrote that the amparo allowing the current imports of cars older than 5 years old MAY end on Jan. 31, 2014 – but they are working with Aduana to try to keep the current policies and to possibly get another amparo in place.
Sr. Angulo has had a very good reputation in the past, so we look forward to hearing of updates on this potential rule changes.
Please write in with your post Jan. 1, 2014 experiences.
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