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Answers Information about Mexico
Merida, Yucatan Specific
What Can You Bring into Mexico
Depending on your FM status (immigration status) whether you are on a FMT, or an FM2 or FM3, you are entitled to bring certain items without any problems.
1. FMT (Tourist)
Under the FMT you can bring in:
· Articles for your personal use, such as clothing, footwear, grooming and toiletry articles in reasonable amounts.
· Photographic, movie or video camera including its power source, and 12 rolls of film.
· Sports equipment for one person, provided it can be carried by one person.
· Up to 20 books and/or magazines.
· A laptop computer and accessories (per person)
· Valises, suitcases etc. to carry the goods.
· If of legal age, 20 packs of cigarettes, 20 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco, 3 liters of alcoholic beverage.
· Various objects worth up to $300 USD.
· One set of binoculars.
· A T.V., screen size up to 12"
· One portable radio apparatus for recording or playing, or both.
· Up to 20 Laser disks, Compact disks or cassette tapes.
· A typewriter or laptop/portable/notebook computer and power source.
· A musical instrument that is easily portable.
· One tent and camping equipment.
· A maximum of 5 childrens' toys.
· One set of fishing tackle, one pair of skis, 2 tennis racquets.
· A water glider, with or without sail.
· A video recorder/playback machine.
2. FM3 (temporary resident)
Retired foreign residents, as well as immigrants, are entitled to take their household effects into Mexico. Important Note! Household effects can be brought into Mexico duty free only once in a lifetime, so plan carefully. A list of such effects must be certified by the Mexican Consulate for Customs in Mexico. The requirements to be met are as follows:
· FM3 or FM2 issued in the applicant's name plus a notarized copy
o § Sorry ladies, in Mexico the man is the head of the household. If there is no man, then you do get to bring your “stuff” in your own name, but if there is a man, the application must be in his name.
· A typed list of household effects (inventory), in Spanish, accompanied by four additional photocopies, listing all items to be imported. Brand, model and serial numbers must be stated when listing electrical appliances. You will also see or hear it called a Menaje de Casa. It's basically a list of your household items, organized in a spreadsheet format, listed by box with the contents of each box in Spanish. Your Consulate may provide a format for you to use, so be sure to ask. There is a fee which varies from consulate to consulate.
o Proof of domicile (address) in Mexico (last telephone bill or electric bill)
o Consular Fee
It is important to make your list by box, that is,
· Box 1 Inventory List
· Box 2 Inventory List etc
· and label the boxes accordingly
Once the household effects list has been submitted, all furniture
and appliances must enter the country within the next six months as
of the date of the issue of the immigration form (FM-3 or FM-2).
Important Note! Household effects can be brought into Mexico duty
free only once in a lifetime, so plan carefully.
Having lived here for over 13 years, we have heard story after story
of problems, even (and
when people are using an International Moving Company from north of
the border. Many times they do not have the knowledge or experience
in moving goods to Mexico.
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