Mexican Customs (Aduana – SAT) has published several key new importation rules that affect both tourists and expats entering Mexico. These rules take effect on Nov. 1, 2011, affecting the amount of non-personal items that Mexicans can bring into Mexico by land, and changing the age of vehicles that can be permanently imported for both Mexicans and foreigners. In short, Aduana has raised the limits from $75 USD to $300 USD exempt from duties for non-personal items, and 8 and 9 year old vehicles are now eligible for permanent importation.
“Aduana’s Annual Temporary Paisano Program Importation Rules- SAT Webpage”
“El Servicio de Administración Tributaria informa que desde el 1 de noviembre de 2011 y hasta el próximo 8 de enero de 2012, se amplía la franquicia de 75 a 300 dólares para los pasajeros que arriben al país por vía terrestre, igualándose a la que tienen derecho los que arriben por vía marítima o aérea.”
Google translates this as:
“The Tax Administration reports that from November 1, 2011 until January 8, 2012, they are extending the exemption from 75 to $ 300 for passengers arriving into the country by land, equal to what thy are entitled those who arrive by sea or air.”
The “Aduana’s Importation Rules- SAT Webpage” also includes useful links to describing rules on allowed baggage, applying online Temporary Importation for vehicles, access to the current status of applications, and the costs for importing specific vehicles using your vehicle’s VIN.
Importing 8 & 9 Year Old Vehicles:
The specific rules for permanently importing 8 – 9 year old cars into Mexico are published at: “Permanent Importation of Used Vehicles: whose model year is eight and nine years before the year of importation”
You can find out exactly what Mexican Customs fees will be owed for permanently importing a vehicle at:
“Car Import Quotations” . Enter your VIN and go to the next page. Enter your vehicle Make (Ford), Enter the Model (Ranger), enter an LOW** approximate value (in USD), and tick the box (or not) to confirm that you want to take the car beyond the border zone (“Importación al interior del país“), and then CLICK the “CONTINUAR” button. (If you hit return, the website rejects your application).
**If you enter a too low estimated value, you get the very coool message:
—- “El valor en dolares declarado no puede menor a $****. Favor a declarar otro valor.” —- which tells you Aduana’s minimum acceptable value your vehicle… *sweet*
Enter an estimated value that is equal-to or more-than this minimum value, and hen CLICK the “CONTINUAR” button. You will get a page that reports Aduana’s fees to import your vehicle.
Mexican Custom’s Website (in English) for:
“Aduana’s Online Webpage for Pre-Registering Your Car For Importation or Applying for Your Temporary Permit Online”
You can go online to start your Temporary Import Permit process, or use the site check out your vehicle’s eligibility. There is an option to pay online, but I personally am hesitant to make online payments to Aduana/Banjercito/INM for things, because if there is an error in the information you enter, or if you use the wrong page, or make any error, it can be challenging to get your money back, and you have to pay again in the meantime anyway.
If you have further questions, they offer this contact information:
Correo electrónico para dudas: CIITEV_AduanaMexico@sat.gob.mx
O llama desde México al 01 800 46 36 728 y desde Estados Unidos y Canadá al 1 877 44 88 728.
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