Dec. 18, 2014
Jan. 2015 Update for Rules on Vehicle/Car Imports
SAT/Aduana has announced their latest rules for permanently importing cars and non-dually pickup trucks into Mexico. The rules take effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and are described in the following video:
The ever-helpful, very talented Mexican attorney Spencer McMullen ( Chapalalaw.com ) has offered the following summary of the new Aduana rules for permanent vehicle imports by private individuals.
“What vehicles can be imported:
~ Used NAFTA cars and non-dually pickups: VIN shows they were made or assembled in Mexico, the USA or Canada.
~ 8 to 9 year old cars. **
~ Vehicles whose rights are restricted or prohibited from being driven in their home country are prohibited from importation.
Requirements & Notes:
~ Importation fee: Ten percent of the value of the vehicle, plus taxes due for entry into the country. ***
~ Cars can be imported by Mexicans living in Mexico and abroad.
~ Importers need official ID and CURP, car title in their name or signed-over to them, emissions certificate, nothing limiting their right to be driven in their home country
1. Go to a customs agent with your ID, letter of appointment of customs broker, and vehicle title.
2. Verify that the customs agent:
~ ~ Obtains a certificate that the vehicle complies with physical / mechanical conditions and environmental protection (verification centers exist close to the border zone Aduanas).
~ ~ Verifies that the vehicle has not been reported stolen
~ ~ Verifies that the vehicle VIN number matches the title.
~ ~ Presents any/all US-titled vehicles to American Customs (CBP) to perform the required US export (this process takes an average of two days – but CBP rules say to bring the vehicle to them 72 hours before the planned export). (Editor’s Note: The rules for Canadian vehicles are still being resolved on this issue.)
~ ~ Prepares the importation pedimento.
~ ~ Pays the proper taxes
~ ~ Turns in the definitive importation pedimento fully paid.
3. Present the vehicle along with the pedimento at the aduana module for inspection and receive the import pedimentos with its attachments and register the vehicle in the Public Vehicle Registry.
Remember, only a licensed customs agent can do the procedure with Aduana. Vehicle importations are not done in the street. Do not turn over money or documents in the street.
I am just the messenger, I do not know how Canadians will fare without a title, or why they should deal with US customs or heck if anybody but a Mexican can import as it doesn’t mention foreigners at all. Also I have no idea how people will babysit customs agents and make sure they comply with the list of items SAT gives.”
This good information was prepared by Mexican licensed attorney Lic. Spencer Richard McMullen (Cédula #7928026) and official court translator (Perito Traductor). Mx 376-765-7553 Chapalalaw.com
** The upcoming NAFTA requirements describe 4 year old and older vehicles as being eligible for import by Jan. 1, 2015:
NAFTA Agreement Effects on Importing US/Canadian Used Cars into Mexico
“… (d) beginning January 1, 2015, Mexico may not adopt or maintain a prohibition or restriction on imports from the territories of Canada or the United States of originating used vehicles that are at least four years old; … “
*** Ten percent import fees are based on the Mex. Gob.’s official published values at: http://www.aduanas-mexico.com.mx/…_estimados.html#ane2
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For details on driving in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at: Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/
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