Possible Change in Aduana Rules for Importing Cars


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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32 Responses to Possible Change in Aduana Rules for Importing Cars

  1. Alfonso says:

    We are importing cars 1986 to 2009 at this moment , does not make sense mexico will stop letting newer cars be nationalized, what they want is to prevent clunkers for being imported

    • Tom C. Whitmore says:

      Hopefully what you say will continue….but Oscar´s info is from yesterday in Nogales at Aduana.

      • Alfonso says:

        Tom we are in constant contact with SAT and ADUANA , i understand the confusion among expats and even the professionals unless this is a big part of your business, rules, decretos, ETC are constantly changing.

      • yucalandia says:

        Hi Alfonso,
        Is it possible that Sr. Angulo is using an amparo that is expiring or is ending – affecting only the Nogales imports? Which could mean your service will not be affected?

        What amparo or ruling are you using that goes beyond Aduana’s published policy of allowing only 8 and 9 year old model NAFTA vehicles?
        steve

    • Debra says:

      I used Sr Uc to do the import of my van. I went to the Aduanas website to check for the pedimento and the VIN The Patente shows up but not the VIN. Geraldo Uc says it was imported under Regularizacion de mercancia A3 document so the VIN will not show up on the Aduana web site. Does anyone know if this is valid?

  2. Patricia Gustafson says:

    made later than 2005 means 2006 thru 2014 are not eligible. Earlier than 2005 would be 2004.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Patricia,
      If you see the Aduana rules ( https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/ ), the model year for cars officially starts on Nov. 1 of the previous calendar year and goes to Oct. 31 of the model year. This means that cars “Older than 2005” model year, are cars manufactured before Nov. 1, 2004.

      This potential change puts Aduana policy more in line with their published guidelines of allowing imports of only 8 or 9 model year old cars (as enforced at sea-port entries): For permanent imports in 2014, a 9 year old model car was made between Nov 1, 2004 – Oct. 31, 2005…. messy…
      steve

      • Tom C. Whitmore says:

        Yesterday (Wed. 22 enereo 2o14) after long meetings at Aduana, Óscar Angulo wrote me as follows:
        HOLA MI QUERIDO AMIGO TOM!
        COMO YA SABRAS ADUNA SACO UN DECRETO EN EL QUE CAMBIAN LAS REGLAS PARA LA NACIONALIZACION DE AUTOS, HAY UN RIESGO MUY GRANDE DE QUE PARA EL 31 DE ENERO SE CAIGAN LOS AMPAROS Y SOLO SE PODRAN NACIONALIZAR MEDIANTE LA CLAVE VU, ESTO QUIERE DECIR 5 AÑOS ANTERIOR A LA FECHAN, ESTAMOS HABLANDO SOLO CARROS DEL 2008 Y DEL TRATADO, ESTAMOS PELEANDO POR QUE ADUANA DE UNA PRORROGA Y EN EL LAPSO DE LA PRORROGA METER OTRO AMPARO CONTRA EL NUEVO DECRETO.

        ESTO NO ES TOTALMENTE SEGURO, PERO EL RIESGO ES MUY ALTO, TE MANTENDRE INFORMADO DE LOS COMUNICADOS DE ADUANA…..

        SALUDOS Y UN ABRAZO AFECTUOSO!!!

        LIC. Oscar Fco. Angulo. *PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
        AnCo Comercializadora.
        Tel 631-31-52571
        Nex. 62*259663*2
        Cel Mex 045 6311201015.
        Cel Usa 520 841 6797 .

      • yucalandia says:

        Hi Tom,
        To summarize: Oscar believes the Aduana current will change on Jan. 31, disallowing imports except for 2008 model year cars. None of this is guaranteed, but he believes that the risks of the change are high – because they may not get another amparo in place to extend the current more liberal car import rules.
        steve

  3. Thanks for sharing this depressing news, Steve. I may try to get our 2001 Ford in under the wire, if it’s not already too late.

  4. mazbeach says:

    Please be cautious about anything from the original poster. He has history, and it’s not good. This is the same guy who said that three vehicles had been impounded near and at the Mazatlan airport, including that of the local consular agent. The consular agent said he had no idea what he was talking about, and none were impounded. As I said, he has history.

    • Tom C. Whitmore says:

      You had better stop this slander or action will be taken! The owner of this site is aware of you and the slander you tried to post before. I would say people should be cautious of you, not me. I am in touch with a very successful and informed Aduana agent and you are not.

  5. Alfonso says:

    Once again most of these comments have no bearing, We continue to Nationalize cars 1986 to 2009 Vin starting with 1 to 5 only. http://www.igoyucatan.com if anyone has any questions or need referrals we are happy to oblige.
    FYI the state of Yucatan will not plate cars, newer than 2005 unless you have the resulucion del juez que ya esta el amparo liberado. Meaning Amparo must have judge signature and has been accepted

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  7. Peter says:

    Has anyone imported a car via Sonia Diaz of SMA? What was your experience like? My understanding is that the ONLY way to legally import a car is to drive it to the border.

  8. Mike says:

    We were “in process” in January 2014 with Sonia Diaz and received an email from her that she was no longer able to offer this service

  9. rubygeorgina says:

    I have a client who asked me yesterday about changes effective February 2014 wherein she was told by her “immigration guy” that as soon as she receives her Permanente … same day her foreign plated vehicle is illegal. As she understands it she does not have the 5 day grace period to safely remove the car from Mexico. Can someone verify this for me please?

    Thanks,
    Georgina

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Ruby,
      No, we will not verify this view of things: Her “immigration guy” only seems to know a narrow part of the regulations and law.

      Yes, once she has her Residente Permanente, then her associated TIP expires, but “immigration guy” has ignored the Retorno Seguro program. The Retorno Seguro program is guaranteed to give her 5 business days (which works out to 7 calender days) to drive the vehicle out of the country.

      Read our main article on cars and driving in Mexico at: https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/
      and
      pay special attention to the subsection on: What to Do If Your Car Becomes “Illegal” – The Retorno Seguro Program / Permit https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/#What%20to%20Do%20If%20Your%20Car%20Becomes%20Illegal

      SAT’s Retorno Seguro permits have been around for years, and SAT gives them out very easily.

      There are also options for making pretty much all foreign vehicles (including German made, Japanese made and Swedish vehicles) nationalized in a paper-only process offered by Sonia Diaz – but the import papers and license plates process costs $20,000 to $30,000 pesos, and there are about 3 insurance companies that currently accept the special UCD status. Sonia’s contact information is in Yucalandia’s main article on importing cars into Mexico.
      steve

      • rubygeorgina says:

        That was my understanding as well. I did not think that it had changed as of last week. And so I thank you and will send my client the links that you have included so that she can be well informed.

        Have a great day.

        Georgina

    • Alfonso Galindo says:

      problems with amparos has been temp resolved and importers have been given extension till december

  10. Don says:

    This is all very confusing! I am on a tourist visa. I drove a 1999 Yukon(vin starts with 1) down to Puerto Vallarta in nov/13. We live here 4 months every winter(home is Canada). I would like to leave the vehicle here year around for use every winter. Can I do this or not? If so how?
    thanks
    Don

  11. rubygeorgina says:

    We seem to go round and round with this discussion about what ‘the law’ says about people holding a Permanente and having a foreign plated vehicle. I tried to explain this to someone yesterday and he kept repeating that the law has not been changed with respect to the new designation of Permanente. It does state that if you are Immigrado you cannot own a foreign plated vehicle. And so can someone point me to the reference that says if you are Permanente you cannot own a foreign plated vehicle?

    Thank you.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Rubygeorgina,
      Explain to the “someone” that the Aduana policy on this has been consistent since 2008 for FM2/FM3 vs Inmigrado and for 1 year now for Residente Temporal versus Residente Permanente. The published Ley Aduanera also is clear on this:
      Hint: Keep a copy of Article 106 in both Spanish and English in your car – including the quote – to give to any police who don’t know the law:
      “ARTICULO 106 de la Ley Aduanera …
      IV. Se entiende por régimen de importación temporal, la entrada al país de mercancías para permanecer en el por tiempo limitado y con una finalidad especifica, siempre que retornen al extranjero en el mismo estado, por los siguientes plazos.
      a) Las de vehículos propiedad de extranjeros que se internen al país, con la condición de estancia de visitante y residente temporal, siempre que se trate de un solo vehículo. ”

      The answer and full text of Article 106 (for carrying in the car) are listed above under: IMPORTANT RULES FOR OPERATING FOREIGN PLATED CARS IN MEXICO: Article 106
      https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/#IMPORTANT%20RULES%20FOR%20OPERATING%20FOREIGN%20PLATED%20CARS%20IN%20MEXICO

      steve

  12. migal says:

    sooo ? is it better to buy in Mexico or go thru all the hoops everyone is asking about ? This is in reference to residente status of perm. or temp.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi mi,
      Great question.

      If you bring down a car to permanently import it, get one that is common here, to be able to get it easily repaired and easy access to parts. Fords, Nissans, etc do well.

      Personally, I think it is better to find a good used car here. See our main article on importing and driving cars at: https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/

      Also see the article we wrote for Yucatan Living on buying a car here at: http://www.yucatanliving.com/yucatan-survivor/buying-a-used-car-in-merida.htm

      Also realize that upper middle class women (moms and grandmas) in Mexico like to get new cars about every 5 years, so their cars are gently used, fairly low mileage, well maintained, and in excellent shape. The dealers here tend to not give good $$ for trade-ins, so the women get stuck with 2 cars when they buy their new one, and they get itchy to sell the used one at decent prices => generally at US Blue Book values.
      steve

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