Mexico Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import
1. (only for persons over 18 years of age:) 400 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 200 grammes of pipe tobacco;
2. (only for persons over 18 years of age:) 3 litres of wine or liquor (alcoholic beverages);
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume, eau-de-cologne and lotions for personal use;
4. a photo or movie or video camera. One additional camera for passengers residing outside Mexico;
5. 12 rolls of film or video cassettes;
6. goods up to USD 300.-.

Additional Information on regulations::

Prohibited:
- any uncanned foodstuff (e.g. pork) and derivatives.
Import of canned food is permitted, except for pork and derivatives. For full information contact the nearest representation of Mexico.
- earth, plants, parts of them, flowers, fruits, seeds or materials of vegetable origin used as containers, packing or in the manufacture of handicrafts.
It is allowed to import seeds and plants of varieties and species that are beneficial to the nation, having first secured authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Goods imported in addition to the categories above are dutiable, but exempt from import licence, provided the total value of these additional goods is max. USD 500.- and the value of goods of the same character (e.g. leather goods) included therein is max. USD 100.-. Excluded from these additional goods are articles considered unnecessary luxury goods, e.g. ivory, cutglass, porcelain, electrical appliances etc.

Firearms and ammunition require import permit and declaration form, to be obtained from Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional ("Secretary of the National Defence"), Estado Mayor 6a. Sección, Lomas de Sotelo, México D.F.. Further information can be found at: http://www.sedena.gob.mx/.
Firearms and ammunition are liable for local taxes.
Airlines must inform (in writing) to customs authorities, at least 24 hours in advance, of the arrival of the shipment. If not complying with above procedure, penalties varying from USD 114,499.00 to USD 171,748.00 will be imposed on air carrier.

Export regulations::

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Prohibited: the export of archaeological relics.

Crew members customs regulations::

- goods for personal use only;
- digital or written manuals and/or documents related to their job, including software;
- 1 laptop or notebook (or similar) and its accessories;
- 1 video camera and its accessories;
- 10 DVDs, 30 CDs and a storage device for any electronic equipment;
- books, magazines and other publications;
- 1 photo camera, 1 mobile phone (or similar), 1 electronic agenda and its accessories;
- 1 piece of luggage or any other items necessary for the transfer of baggage.

Pets::

Cats and dogs require a veterinary health certificate (the original and a copy), which specifies:
-name and address of person responsible for the pet, and
-that pet was clinically healthy during prior to departure inspection, and
-date and validity of rabies vaccination, (exempt are pets younger than 3 months), or
-a Rabies Vaccination Certificate (the original and a copy).
Exempt from presenting a veterinary health certificate are pets which originally departed from Mexico and that have a “Certificado Zoosanitario de Exportacion” (CZE). Pets are subject to veterinary control upon arrival. For detailed information, please refer to: www.senasica.gob.mx

Baggage Clearance regulations::

All baggage in transit and connecting with either a domestic or international flight must be cleared at the first port of entry. Passengers will have to claim their baggage and proceed through customs for random inspection.



Airport Embarkation Tax

International Airport Departure Tax/Tourism Tax is levied on passengers departing from Mexico on international flights, which differs per airport and ranges USD 18-29.- each.
Place of payment: airport of departure in Mexico (if not already included in ticket).
Exempt:
1. Children under 2 years of age;
2. Holders of a diplomatic passport (not applicable to nationals of Ecuador).
3. Transit passengers complying with the TWOV conditions;
4. Airline crew travelling on duty;
5. From Tourism Tax: nationals and residents of Mexico.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Nuevo Peso-MXN): up to an equivalent of USD 10,000.-. Higher amounts must be declared; foreign currencies: any amount must be declared on arrival. Exchange into local currency is only allowed at authorized banks. Non-residents can exchange amounts as necessary for their own expenses. Only freely convertible currencies will be accepted by the banks.

Currency Export regulations:

RESIDENTS and Mexican nationals: local currency (Nuevo Peso-MXN): up to an equivalent of USD 10,000.-; foreign currencies: unlimited. Airport exchange offices will sell a minimum of USD 1,000.- and up to USD 3,000.- per trip abroad. Additional amounts for business trips, medical purposes etc. must be obtained from the Banco de Mexico. NON-RESIDENTS other than Mexican nationals: local currency: up to an equivalent of USD 10,000.-; foreign currencies: unused amounts previously declared upon arrival.




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