Customs regulations for household goods shipments - Mexico

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Summary

To import household goods and personal effects free of duty and taxes, importer must meet the requirements listed below for each migratory classification, all goods must be used for at least six months, consist of the personal effects and furniture exclusive for the day to day use of a single family, clothing, books, bookcases, art and scientific work that are not complete collections for trade shows, scientific instruments and tools of workers, artisans, etc. , when they are necessary for the conduction of their trade or profession and should not be all the equipment needed to set laboratories, shops or factories.

Pasaporte Mexicano

Not considered household goods are:

New items, those with less than six months of use, articles purchased for less than six months whether used or not, used items packed in original cartons, live plants or animals, beverages and foods of any type, firearms, ammunition, explosives, drugs, pornographic material, "pirate goods", cars, motorcycles, and boats, trophies of animals or fish. lf in doubt, please contact us for specific information.


Documents Required for "Declaración Certificada de Menaje de Casa" (Needed by all returning Mexican nationals, residents and non-resident visa holders).

Importer has to visit Mexican consulate or embassy nearest to their place of residence and provide:

  • Full name
  • Address in foreign country
  • Place of residence in Mexico
  • List with description and quantity of all items being shipped, with brand model and serial number of all electronic items. Most consulates require this list to be in Spanish and others accept it in English, also some consulates require all electronic items to be listed separately and some others intermingled with rest of items, so it is good for you to check with them beforehand.
  • Time of residence in foreign country has to be no less than 6 consecutive months. It is also important to check ahead with consulate what documents they require
  • Consulates as a rule issue from 3 to 4 original documents of "Declaracion Certificada de Menaje de Casa". Two of them are required for the customs clearance process
Listado de Menaje de Casa


Returning Mexican Citizens

  • Importer must show proof to Mexican embassy or consulate nearest to origin city of residence, of having
      resided outside of Mexico for at least 6 consecutive months, as requisite for issuance of household goods "Declaracion Certificada de Menaje de Casa"
    • Copy of importer's Passport
    • CURP: Clave Única Registro de Población
    • Declaración Certificada de Menaje de Casa stamped by nearest Mexican Consulate (2 needed)
    • Signed affidavit declaring shipment value and that no prohibited items are being imported. (Ask us for form letter)
    • Power of attorney to customs broker with authorization for them to customs clear goods on your behalf (Ask us for form letter)
    • Destination address in Mexico.
Pasaporte Mexicano

FM-3 Visa Holders

  • Copy of FM-3 visa
  • Declaración Certificada de Menaje de Casa, this document may or may not be required according to entry port in Mexico (Check with us first)
  • Copy of importer's passport
  • US citizens are required to provide to US and Mexican customs their Employee Identification Number (EIN) this number can be obtained by the importer directly at http://www.irs.gov/ or by calling the IRS at 800-8294933.
  • Other nationalities are required to provide tax ID number from their respective country to Mexican customs.
  • Original and two copies of typewritten inventory in Spanish (Moreno provides the translation) with brand model and serial number of major electrical appliances.
  • Signed affidavit declaring value of shipment and that no prohibited items are brought. Moreno provides this form letter
  • Affidavit on company's letterhead signed by company officer with power of attorney, stating that all imported items will be exported from Mexico once visa expires and that your company is responsible for that. (Moreno provides text for this form letter)
  • Power of attorney letter authorizing customs broker to clear shipment on your behalf
  • Importer's address in Mexico as well as address in country of origin
VISA FM3-Importación a Mexico
Pasaportes-Mudanza Internacional

FM-2 Visa Holders

Regulations are the same as for FM3 visa holders and not having previously imported household goods and personal effects shipments

VISA FM2-Importación a Mexico

Foreign Diplomats

  • Copy of importer´s Diplomatic Passport
  • Diplomatic Franchise obtained from Mexican Foreign Ministry "SRE" by importer's embassy in Mexico
  • Inventory list in Spanish
  • Signed affidavit declaring value of shipment and that no prohibited items are imported. Ask us for form letter.
  • Power of attorney letter authorizing customs broker to clear shipment on your behalf. Ask us for form letter
  • Importer's address in Mexico and former address in country of origin
Pasaporte Diplomatico

Mexican Citizens Returning with Diplomatic Status

  • Photocopy of diplomatic passport
  • Special franchise obtained from customs by Mexican Foreign Ministry
  • Clave Unica Registro de Poblacion "CURP" number
  • Inventory in Spanish
  • Signed affidavit declaring value of shipment and that no prohibited items are imported. Ask us for form letter
  • Power of attorney letter authorizing customs broker to clear shipment on your behalf. Ask us for form letter
  • Importer's address in Mexico as well as address in country of origin
Franquicia de Importacion

Automobiles and other Motor Vehicles

May be imported on a temporary basis by FM-3 visa holders, but not so by returning mexican citizens accompanying their household goods shipment. Importer must personally drive car through mexican customs with required documents to obtain a temporary permit at the time of crossing. Only one car is authorized for each FM3 visa holder. Vehicle authorization is normally issued for the duration of visa. FM-2 visa holders with several restrictions could also import them (Check with us first) Mexican citizens may only bring automobiles into Mexico as tourists, driving it via Laredo, Texas, showing proof of residence outside of Mexico and obtaining the appropriate permit issued for not over six months. Never include an automobile or other motor vehicle belonging to a returning mexican citizen in same shipping container with household goods, because it will be confiscated (if in doubt, please contact us before shipping). Following documents are needed:

Documentos para una Mudanza Internacional a Mexico
Documentos para una Mudanza Internacional Mexico

PETS

  • Copy of importer's passport
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Letter of good health of veterinarian no more than one week old
  • Pets should not arrive on weekends or mexican holidays
  • " If pet is pedigreed a copy of pedigree is necessary for customs to asses taxes if any. It is recommended that we have all above documents at least 10 days in advance to obtain sanitary import document

For more information about Mexican Regulations visit http://www.aduanas.gob.mx

Regulaciones Aduanales para Mudanzas en Mexico

Customs regulations for passengers arriving to Mexico by plane, car, or boat

http://www.aduanas.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2008/pasajeros/139_10134.html

Regulaciones Aduanales para Mudanzas en Mexico