Previously, we wrote an article outlining the regulations for importing a car into Mexico. That article has many details about how to get permits, where to go, etc. and if you have not already read that article, you might want to read it first. This new article outlines the recent modifications to those rules. The modifications will be enforced beginning June 11th 2011.
Things To Know About Temporary Car Imports into Mexico
If you are planning to process a permit for the import of your vehicle into Mexico, you should consider the following six points.
The cost of the process is now $44 USD plus VAT (16%), whether you apply for the temporary importation permit at the border, at a consulate or on the internet. Previously, the charges were $29.70 USD at the border, $39.60 USD at a consulate and $49.5 USD on the internet.
Security Deposit Required
In all cases, and regardless of the form of payment (cash or credit card), you must leave a security deposit when you import the car. Previously, this deposit was only necessary if you paid for the import in cash. This deposit will be used for taxes if you neglect to return the car, or for any infractions of the law committed when driving that particular car. It will also be forfeited if you do not comply to the terms of the temporary import. The deposit varies according to the year of the vehicle, according to the following chart:
|Year of the car
|Amount of the guarantee in dollars
|2007 and after
|2000 and before
If you do not return the car before the permit expires, the deposit will be applied and will not be refunded. If the payment was made with a credit card, your credit card will be charged.
Before issuing the temporary import permit, Banjercito will verify that the car has not been used in a crime or any other sinister activity, or if it is restricted or prohibited for circulation in the United States or Canada. If Banjercito discovers any negative response to their verification activities, you will not be allowed to import the car.
Check For Accuracy
When you are filling out the paperwork for the temporary importation of your vehicle, it is your responsibility to check that the recorded information in the paperwork is accurate. Specific information to verify is the brand, model, serial number and expiration date of registration of the car.
Inform Of Status Changes
If you are an expatriate with the migratory status of a “non working” immigrant (rentista) or a non-immigrant, your permit will be valid only as long as your migratory status, including extensions and renewals. As a foreigner, you must notify the customs authority that gave you the car permit within 15 days following the date that your extension, renewal or change in immigration status is authorized. If you fail to do this, your temporary permit may run out and you will forfeit your deposit.
Canceling Your Temporary Importation Permit
If your vehicle is stolen or has an accident in Mexico or the United States, or is sold or traded in the United States or Canada, you must cancel your temporary importation permit at the Central Administration of Customs Operations. This is located in Mexico City at the following address:
Central Administration of Customs Operations (Administración Central de Operación Aduanera)
Av. Hidalgo Núm. 77, módulo IV, primer piso,
Delegación Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06300, México, D.F.
For more information you can call 01-800-463-6728 from Mexico and 1-877-448-8728 from the United States and Canada, or e-mail CIITEV_AduanaMexico@sat.gob.mx.