March 4, 2013 Update
There is a report out of San Miguel Allende (SMA) that the US “Consul”, Edward Clancy, has spoken with the head of Aduana about the current issues of foreign-plated cars in Mexico owned by Americans using Temporary Import Permits (TIPs).
Personal email received today by Yucalandia directly from Consular Agent Edward Clancy DENIES ever talking with the “head of Aduana”.
Yucalandia readers should IGNORE any reports about:
~ False Report~ If your car was legal before you changed to either the INM Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente cards, then the head of Aduana says that your foreign-plated car and your Aduana TIP are still valid, as long as you have a valid INM permit. ~ False Report ~
The Rest of the Story:
In the interest of encouraging Aduana to implement a single consistent uniform policy across Mexico, for either cancelling foreign-plated vehicle’s TIP permits, or to extend the expiration dates of Temporary Import Permits for vehicles, we (Yucalandia), contacted Ed Clancy (SMA US Consular Agent) to ask about exactly what he discussed with the “head of Aduana” about the new Residente Temporal and Residente Permanente INM permits and their foreign-plated cars, (as previously reported on Mexconnect). (Note that a Consular Agent is just a local civilian rep, not a US Consul.)
We sent the following email to US Consular Agent Clancy:
“An anonymous expat from San Miguel de Allende has been writing on the internet that you personally spoke with the head of Aduana (last week), and the anonymous expat further writes that you are telling people that the head of Aduana (DF) told you that expats with foreign-plated cars who have valid INM visas, are allowed to keep their foreign-plated cars:
“Ed Clancy the US consulate rep here in SMA phoned and spoke with head of Aduana. … (The head of Aduana says that) for now if your car was legal before, it is now (legal) regardless of type of visa. ”
Did you speak with the head of Aduana (DF)?
Is this what the head of Aduana told you? ”
Here is Consular Agent Clancy’s 2/3/2013 official reply: The sections in blue are particularly interesting.
“Dear Dr. Fry,
I have never spoken with the head of Aduana;
I have only spoken with Aduana officials.
In the past two weeks, I have received many emails from local American
citizens and some from other parts of the country, including Cancun,
asking about the treatment of foreign-plated cars in light of the new
Mexican Customs Law Section 106 regarding the temporary importation of
foreign-plated has not changed, but the entire framework of the
immigration laws has changed. One of the (many) problems is that
changes should have been made in the customs law to make it consistent
with the new immigration law.
I have spoken with both the Customs 24 Hour Call Center and the
Administracion Central de Operacion Aduana 3 about cars and the new
regulations, several times. Officials from the call center have told
me three times that an expatriate would be allowed to keep a
foreign-plated car in Mexico even if he changed his visa status to
Residente Permanente. At the time, I commented that this was an odd
position for them to take and they agreed. On my 4th call to them,
another official told that you could keep you car with a Residente
Temporal but not a Residente Permanente.
Today I spoke with Lic. Karen Villasenor, from the Administracion
Central de operacion Aduana 3, in Mexico City. She seems to most
knowledgeable of those I have spoken with.
Lic. Villasenor told me that in the past week,
they have begun to think about the car/visa issue
due to the numbers of phone calls.
According to her, the current position of Aduana is this:
Visa – Resident Temporal: OK to have a foreign-plated car in Mexico
with a permit, as long as the person is not engaged in “lucrativa”
work. If you believe you qualify, you should take your paperwork to
the nearest office of Aduana, which will confirm the status and issue
a confirming letter.
Visa-Residente Permanente: Cannot have a foreign-plated car in
Mexico. The person must either take the car out of the country or
regularize the car (a permanent importation). The person may ask for
a “retorno seguro”, which is a 5 day permit to leave the country.
Lic. Villasenor also made it clear that these Aduana issues are
federal, meaning that the local offices in Guanajuato, Cancun and
Puerto Vallarta should and will all be interpreting the law and
following procedures identically.
Contact — Lic. Karen Villasenor, 01-55-5802-0000 x46889
Administracion Central — 01-55-5802-2069
Mexico Customs Call Center
English: 1-877-448-8728 (from US phone I think)
Edward Clancy, Consular Agent ”
I would add the following information for people interested in supporting Aduana to change to a single policy regarding approving or denying extensions of Permisos de Importacion Temporal de vehiculos (TIPs).
A good interim policy for your Consul or Ambassador to promote could be:
Until further notification, all Aduana Permisos de Importación Temporal de vehículos remain valid, as long as the permit holder maintains a valid INM permit, including Residente Temporal y Residente Permanente Tarjetas de Residencia.
US Ambassador in Mexico: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Ambassador in Mexico City: email@example.com.
Canadian Consulate in Cancun firstname.lastname@example.org
San Miguel Allende US Consul Agent, Edward Clancy: email@example.com
Merida Yucatan US Consulate: firstname.lastname@example.org
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