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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 12:21 PM
Anyone else getting charged duty this year?


Crossing at Mexicali East, after the xray machine I had a young female customs employee give my trailer a thorough going over and at the end she comes up with a duty of $435. I asked for what and she said my surfboards, you're only allowed one. I had three surfboards and two windsurf boards. She also pointed out that I had a big bag of dog food and a tool box. This is the first time in 30 years I have been asked to pay duty. I was a bit incredulous so she called her supervisor over and I got it down to $200 but I still had to pay. Normally I would think it was just a case of mordida but I paid by credit card and got an itemized computerized list and receipt. Another friend got dinged a few weeks later over some normal vacation items and then another friend crossing at Algadones got a $16 charge for two small solar panels.
I'm not complaining about paying duty, $200 for 30 years is pretty cheap, and I'm sure any Mexican entering the US carrying all the crap I carry in my trailer would be taxed also. Just wondering if this is a new Mexican attitude towards tourists based on new US-Mexico trade/wall/immigration policies.
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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 12:26 PM


Really? I don’t understand the entire “duty” charge at all. Is it for the possibility that you might sell something?

Hoping your fee was in Pesos!
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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 01:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ReTire  

Hoping your fee was in Pesos!








Was wondering that, since he quoted $16 for solar panels,
I assume it dlls. Have heard of dog food being dinged.
The allowable non taxed 'personal' stuff is $350 dlls or I've
heard of $500. Guessing it is a case of the wrong Mex customs
Officer, but the supervisor thing is a bit worrysome





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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 02:03 PM


Did you get the red light?
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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 02:05 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ReTire  
I don’t understand the entire “duty” charge at all. Is it for the possibility that you might sell something?

Underlying reasons that customs law makers were considering are irrelevant at this point.

Sport equipment is tax-free, generally. 3 surfboards - she might be right, amount should fit the purpose, i.e. for your own use.

Toolbox - probably free, as an item necessary to service the vehicle on the road. Depends on how big/new/expensive. The exemption on things not included in sport items on ground crossing is $US 300 per person. Plus, things that are really your personal - clothes, one photo camera etc. $300 is a new amount, until recently they allowed ~$100. Airport customs allow $500, but not ground crossings.

They are giving people a break most of the time. New Year and Christmas are "special circumstances" for Mexican law enforcement, any fines and duties that "might" be charged - will, even when they are not quite right. nothing new.

[Edited on 12-31-2018 by Alm]
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[*] posted on 12-31-2018 at 04:23 PM


Maybe Mexico is collection Trumps "wall rebuild" via charging the Canadians and gringo's when they "go south for the winter. Then they will forward it to Donald once they have collected 3 bil $
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 07:36 AM


If you live close to the Line, as I do. You will see mas quantities of packaging tossed in parking lots at retail centers. Once unpack-aged, "new" items are now" used" and perhaps "personal" items. Not taxed for import. Anything not "Hecho in Mexico" is taxable as an import item. Think " children's bicycles or new clothing. Sad really, that Mexicans can't purchase these items locally. When will Mexico catch up with China and the U.S.? Perhaps once they figure out how to put water into round things called pipes. And that it is clean and Potable. Or sent to the sewage treatment plant. Until then, good luck to all you "smugglers". I mean it. Abuela, don't look away. You know I'm talking about you. All those "Baby" clothes!
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 08:19 AM


Yep: I got $490.00 for bringing used school books in, this was November
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 08:20 AM


Mexico is not run by US rules or standards, thank the lord. If you amortize two hunnert over thirty years, considering all the stuff you've illegally imported you're laughing. Same with police ticket shakedowns. The border has always been a crap shoot. Tho the chances are minuscule you may shoot craps. No news here.



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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 08:28 AM


Please tell us, the duty was in pesos, correct?

I think this IS significant, if they are beginning to charge for sports equipment that normally gets let in free. How many fishing poles will be considered "normal"?
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 08:40 AM


Last time I crossed with stuff at San Luis they routed me to secondary and I walked to the customs guys office had to pay with credit card in US dollars. Guy would not take US or MX cash.
I wonder if other crossings require CC?
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 08:52 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Hook  
Please tell us, the duty was in pesos, correct?

I think this IS significant, if they are beginning to charge for sports equipment that normally gets let in free. How many fishing poles will be considered "normal"?


No, dollars.
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 09:06 AM



No, dollars.[/rquote]

Ouch!
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 09:14 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Hook  
Please tell us, the duty was in pesos, correct?

I think this IS significant, if they are beginning to charge for sports equipment that normally gets let in free. How many fishing poles will be considered "normal"?


If they start charging for fishing rods I'm screwed...




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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 09:15 AM


In the paper this morning the new President of Mexico has announced the duty to be lowered to 8%
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 10:35 AM


Has been the case in the past. used clothing for donation has
been refused entry, some bizarre theory it will be sold. Was
a guy yrs. back bringing dentistry equip for donation, had
to pay duty. Mexicali West charged a guy $.50 a can to
bring over a couple 12 pals of beer. Just have to go with
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 11:03 AM


So it’s hit or miss with it. Ah well....thanks for the heads up. Guess I won’t be surprised if it happens.

Going to cross with minimal provisions and stock up on the other side.
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 11:11 AM


I believe the VAT (Value Added Tax) on purchased items was reduced to 8% along the border zone. Have not heard anything about Customs duties being reduced

Quote: Originally posted by DawnPatrol  
In the paper this morning the new President of Mexico has announced the duty to be lowered to 8%
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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 11:46 AM


Concerning "sports equipment"
The below are the limits

For all other items see>>>>

https://www.mexadventure.com/mexico-travel/Items_Bring_Mexic...


Sports and recreational equipment:
Two sets of personal sports equipment that can be transported by one person, such as racquets
Four fishing rods
One surfboard.
One musical instrument and accessories that can be transported by one person
One tent and set of camping equipment
One pair of binoculars
One telescope




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[*] posted on 1-1-2019 at 03:10 PM


One surfboard - female aduanera was right then. "Usually" their attitude is lax, a striking contrast to the US or Canadian border. Can't complain.
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