Guide to Sending Parcels to Mexico

Mexico may be best known for its ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and tropical waters, but with a population of 130 million - 10th in the world - and a growing economy, Mexico is an economic leader in Latin America.

Just consider some Mexican e-commerce statistics:

  • 79 million Mexicans use the Internet - 67% of the population over the age of 6
  • By 2023, 52% of the population will be using e-commerce for their shopping
  • Sales revenues of $9.4 billion USD expected in 2019, and growing at 8% per year

Mexico's economic future is rosy because the country is improving its electronic infrastructure and Mexicans expand their digital literacy.

And don't forget the future benefits coming from NAFTA's replacement: USMCA.

The sources on this page come directly from Customs and Immigration Mexico, the Biz Latin Hub Group, as well as other various Mexican government sources.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Dec 11, 2019
8:49 am
Manzanillo, BA, IN
Delivered
Dec 10, 2019
7:18 am
Saltillo, BA, IN
In transit
Dec 9, 2019
9:03 pm
Tijuana, BA, IN
International Clearance
Dec 9, 2019
8:14 am
Aguascalientes, KA, IN
In transit
Dec 9, 2019
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Dec 8, 2019
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Mexico before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.


Shipping Documents Only Image to Mexico

Documents Only

Documents can be shipped to Mexico duty free.

Documents shipped in letter envelopes or boxes do not require a commercial invoice. You simply mark an 'X' in the Documents Only box of the waybill.

Common documents include:

  • Annual reports
  • Bids
  • Bills of Lading
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Newsletters, for example from companies
  • Seismic data
  • Visa applications

The following DO NOT classify as documents:

  • Books
  • Catalogues
  • Compact discs
  • Magazines
  • Photographs

There are restrictions on certain items as shown below.

Document Type Restriction
Airline tickets Must have the name of the passenger and they cannot be transferred to another person.
Greeting cards and Invitations For non-commercial use only.
Traveller's Cheques Must be unused and have a signature. If more than $10,000 USD (about $13,000 CDN), a declaration by the sender and receiver is required.

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA

Shipping Gifts to Mexico

Shipping Gifts

All gifts shipped to Mexico will incur regular duties and taxes. There are no exemptions for gifts.

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Mexico City
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Mexico

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects and household items may be shipped to Mexico from Canada duty and tax free.

Personal effects include items such as:

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries and beauty products

Restrictions

  • Mexican Customs rules DO NOT allow personal effects to be shipped to the greater Columbia and Tijuana areas. They will be returned to the shipper.
  • Medicines are to be accompanied by a copy of the prescription.
  • Any goods that are intended for other uses, for e.g., retail or wholesale sales, business or distribution are not considered to be personal effects. Duties and taxes will be charged.

Moving Temporarily

Foreign nationals, such as students and researchers, may ship their personal effects and household items to Mexico, providing they are returned to Canada when they leave.

Requirements

You must present the following to a Mexican consular office:

  • Valid passport
  • Mexican visa for temporary residence in Mexico
  • Four copies of your list of household goods* being shipped

*The list must provide a description of the goods and their number. For electronics, you must indicate the brand, model and serial number of the item.

You can access the temporary import status request here.

Cost: $125 USD cash (about $165 CDN).

Moving Permanently

If you are moving to Mexico, your personal effects and household goods may be shipped to from Canada duty and tax free

People eligible for this are:

  • Mexican nationals who have lived in Canada for a minimum of 6 months
  • Foreign nationals with a permanent resident status in Mexico

NOTE: Goods must arrive within 6 months of your arrival.

To enter Mexico with your personal effects, you must complete a Household Goods Inventory (lista de menaje de casa) .

You must present 4 copies of the list with:

  • A description of your goods and the number of each individual item; and
  • for electronic items, state the brand, model and serial number of each

Mexican Nationals

If you are a Mexican national, the fee for submitting a Household Goods Inventory (lista de menaje de casa) is $95 USD (about $125 CDN) cash. Also, you must bring to a Mexican consulate 3 documents as outlined below:

1. Proof that you are Mexican. You must provide an original plus a copy of any one of the following:

  • Certified copy of a birth certificate from any Mexican civil registry office or a Mexican consular office
  • Naturalization Letter or Certificate of Mexican Nationality
  • Passport or Citizen Identity Card
  • High Security Consular Registration Certificate or Declaration of Mexican Nationality by birth

2. Present an original plus a copy of any one of the photo documents below:

  • Mexican passport or Identity Card of the National Military Service
  • Voting card issued by the Federal Electoral Institute
  • Professional Title or Professional Certificate
  • Letter of Intern issued by the General Directorate of Professions of the Ministry of Public Education
  • Certificate of Mexican nationality or Naturalization letter
  • Citizen Identity Card or Declaration of Mexican nationality by birth
  • High Security Consular Registration Certificate
  • Valid credential issued by the National Institute of Older Adults
  • Foreign driver's licence valid in the consular district
  • Foreign official identification valid in the consular district

3. A document proving that you have lived outside of Mexico for at least 6 months. It could be any of the following:

  • Receipts of payment for salary or services rendered
  • Work letters
  • Lease or work contract
  • Bank statement such as for a credit card or chequing account
  • Driver's licence valid in the consular district
  • Notarised letter from a landlord
  • High Security Consular Registration Certificate

COST: $95 USD cash (about $125 CDN)

Foreign Nationals

If you are a foreign national moving to Mexico, you must complete a Household Goods Inventory and bring the following documents to a Mexican consulate:

  • Identification with a valid photograph
  • A valid Mexican visa that enables you to move to Mexico
  • Proof of your current address in Canada
  • An indicator of where you will live in Mexico, for e.g. a lease agreement

Sources:
https://www.gob.mx/sre/acciones-y-programas/certificado-de-menaje-de-casa-8024
https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/denver/index.php/documenta/otros-servicios/menaje-de-casa
https://www.gob.mx/inm/acciones-y-programas/programa-paisano-del-inm
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/447402/Guia_paisano.pdf
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/403015/Guia-Paisano-Invierno-2018.pdf
http://www.lineaships.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/moving_to_mexico.pdf
https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/orlando/images/stories/PDF/2019Menaje_Mexicanos.pdf
https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/sandiego/index.php/otrosmenu/menaje-de-casa

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Iztapalapa
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Mexico

Food, Chocolate, Candies

You may send

Any of the following are allowed to enter Mexico from Canada, provided they are packaged and labelled:

  • Honey
  • Dehydrated foods of plant origin
  • Spices
  • Dried medicinal herbs
  • Roasted coffee

A complete list of products allowed is listed here.

A number of goods may be shipped providing they follow sanitary and pest-control regulations as outlined here.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lobsters, shrimp, brine shrimp (artemia), crabs and crustacean flour
  • Dairy products
  • Dried, canned, or frozen meat and meat products such as sausages, smoked, salted and ripe

You may NOT send

Foods that are at high risk of carrying pests or diseases may not be shipped to Mexico. They include:

  • Homemade or handmade foods, such as sandwiches and cakes
  • Fresh cheeses
  • Flour of animal origin
  • Fresh meat of any type
  • Live, raw and dried crustaceans

Chocolate and Candy

Shipments of chocolate and candy are allowed to a maximum of 1.5 kg.

Note: Foods and chocolate sold as sweets have additional taxes added. More information can be found here, under section 'J'.

Sources:
https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/montreal/index.php/es/viajar-a-mexico/86
http://www.fedex.com/mx/alimentos/index.html
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/445895/List_of_agri-food_products_for_tourist_import.pdf
http://www.spadarointernational.com/documents/mexicoComInv.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Guadalajara
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Mexico

Samples

Commercial samples are shipped for demonstration purposes. The aim is to encourage people to place orders by viewing the samples; the samples are not meant to be sold.

Commercial samples may be imported into Mexico duty-free for a period of 6 months.

To be considered a sample, a shipment must follow the criteria below:

  • The unit value of the shipment does not exceed $1 USD.
  • In the case of toys, they may have a unit value of $50 USD (about $65 CDN), and up to 2 pieces of the same model may be imported.
  • The samples are unusable or unsuitable for sale. They have been perforated, torn, or marked. The marking uses permanent and clearly visible ink or paint.
  • Samples that cannot be made unusable, for example liquids, should be shipped in smaller, non-commercial containers or be labelled: SAMPLE.
  • Goods cannot be difficult to identify. For example, liquids and powders in a pharmaceutical form that require special equipment to analyse cannot be shipped as samples.
  • The samples are not to be resold.

Shipping commercial samples to Mexico using an ATA Carnet is the easiest way to do so. (See Temporary Imports for details.)

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA
http://www.carnet-ata.org/
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Mexico-Temporary-Entry

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Puebla
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Mexico

Advertising Material

Advertising material includes printed items that are handed out to promote services or products. Advertising items include:

  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Advertising posters
  • Price lists
  • Product instructions for use

Advertising materials may be shipped to Mexico duty-free for a period up to 6 months.

Sources:
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/importando_exportando/regimenes/Paginas/importacion_temporal_para_retornar_al_extranjero.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Juárez
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Mexico

Repairs

Canada and Mexico have a free-trade agreement (NAFTA, but being replaced by USMCA), so equipment sent to each country for repairs is a straightforward process.

Items Under Warranty

Repairs under warranty returning from Mexico to Canada are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

An item returning to Canada from Mexico that is no longer under warranty will be duty-free, however it will incur GST on the value of the repair and on any new parts required to complete the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Mexico

Equipment for repair may be imported into Mexico duty and tax free (including VAT (IVA)) under the country's IMMEX program.

This includes parts that will be used to repair a piece of equipment. However, that part must be returned to Canada as a component of the repaired equipment.

When sending equipment to Mexico for repair, include the following information on the parcel:

  • The words "REPAIR & RETURN" are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description or Remarks
  • Indicate the brand, model and serial or product number must be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section on the commercial invoice
  • Copy of Repair Contract included with all your export documentation

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned back to Mexico, ensure to do the following:

  • Write "REPAIR & RETURN" on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section
  • Indicate the value of the product INCLUDING the cost of the repair under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Mexico

Be sure to write the necessary information on the commercial invoice according to the document checklist below.

Document Checklist

  • Commercial Invoice must clearly state under the General Description or Remarks section the following: 'REPAIR & RETURN' and include the estimated time of return
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section

Sources:
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html
https://www.ventanillaunica.gob.mx/vucem/Ayuda/SHCP/AutImpExp/Imptemmerdestinadas.html
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Mexico-Temporary-Entry
https://www.gob.mx/tramites/ficha/autorizacion-del-programa-immex-para-empresas-industriales-de-servicio-y-de-albergue/SE708
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/importando_exportando/regimenes/Paginas/importacion_temporal_para_someterlas_a_un_proceso.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Tijuana
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Mexico

Temporary Imports

Temporary importation of certain goods into Mexico, without incurring duties or taxes, is allowed for a period of up to 6 or 12 months, depending on the circumstances (See details below.)
Make sure to clearly indicate the return date on the commercial invoice.

Goods that are often part of a temporary import include:

  • Items that will be used or displayed at an exhibition or fair.
  • Commercial samples.
  • Professional and scientific equipment.
  • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment or during a public exhibition such as a trade show booth.
  • Tools and specialised equipment required for exploring, producing, repairing, or manufacturing.
  • Equipment required to test and evaluate the operation of other equipment or goods

Time Restrictions

A) Temporary imports restricted to 6 months include:

  • Trade shows and exhibitions
  • Sales promotion
  • Demonstrations

B) Temporary imports restricted to 12 months include:

  • Temporary imports destined for international conventions and congresses;
  • Items for cultural and sporting events sponsored by a national, foreign or public organisation
  • Film equipment and necessary props

NOTE:
For the temporary import of commercial samples, or for the purposes of a trade show, exhibition or for sales promotions and demonstrations, you have the option of using an ATA Carnet. See details below.

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Mexico, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI). See the table and notes below.


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying Duties and taxes
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High (if broker cannot clear goods temporarily)
3 Commercial Invoice + ATA Carnet Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial invoice only

This is the simplest and quickest option.

Note: Be aware that by completing a commercial invoice only doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty or tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any taxes and duties.


2. CI + an ATA Carnet

This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of Canada. It's also very useful because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time occurrence.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. However, you can contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here:


In addition to the 2 options shown above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and tax free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • The items stay in Mexico no longer than 6 months

NOTES

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of a temporary nature).



Document Checklist

  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating "Temporary Import" including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section.
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)

Sources:
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/importando_exportando/regimenes/Paginas/importacion_temporal_para_retornar_al_extranjero.aspx
https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Mexico-Temporary-Entry
http://www.carnet-ata.org/

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
León de los Aldama
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Mexico

Permanent/Sold Goods

Occasional Shipper

If you ship occasionally to Mexico (i.e. items you sold on eBay), there isn't too much you need to do. You will need to:

  • Include 3 copies of the Commercial Invoice with your shipment
  • Provide a detailed description of the goods on the Commercial Invoice (in order to avoid customs delays).

If the customs value of the shipment is $50 USD (about $65 CDN) or less, no duties or taxes will be charged.


Regular Shipper

If you regularly sell and ship goods to Mexico, we recommend you consult with a licensed customs broker in Mexico. A full list of customs brokers can be found here.


When Customs Brokers Are Needed

  • For shipments of $1,000 USD (about $1300 CDN) or greater
  • If goods must comply with non-tariff restrictions and regulations
  • The merchandise may be difficult to identify, for e.g., powders, pills and liquids or they need to be analysed physically or chemically to determine their composition or identity

For Shipments Over $1,000 USD

All commercial shipments over 1,000 USD (about $1300 CDN) require:

  • a completed NAFTA Certificate of Origin to qualify for a lower duty rate
  • the services of a customs broker

For Shipments Under $1,000 USD

For commercial shipments of 1,000 USD (about $1300 CDN) or less, a NAFTA Certificate of Origin is NOT required. However, you must attach to the commercial invoice a statement certifying that the goods qualify under the NAFTA rules or origin.

*Note: NAFTA's replacement, the USMCA, is signed but not yet ratified by Canada. We recommend you check with a licenced customs broker for up-to-date information.

Sources:
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/importando_exportando/regimenes/Paginas/importacion_definitiva.aspx
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanasPortal/Paginas/index.html#!/postal.
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA.
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/fact-sheets/2012/april/nafta-certificate-origin-frequently-asked-questions.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Mario J. Molina
Mexicana de Ciencias
Los Cipreses
San Andrés Totoltepec
14400 Ciudad de México
Zapopan
Mexico

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 8 Dec 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Mexico. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Mexico, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.

Household Goods Inventory (lista de menaje de casa)

Required when shipping personal effects

Four copies of the list is required with the following information:

  • A description of the goods and the number of each individual item
  • for electronic items, state the brand, model and serial number of each
Household Goods Inventory (lista de menaje de casa)

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Certain goods are not allowed to enter Mexico while others may enter if certain rules and conditions are followed.


Prohibited items

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Any image of a child or children that is obscene or exploitative
  • Used footwear and clothing
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Genetic material of any species
  • Products for animal use or consumption, for instance pharmaceuticals, chemical and biological products or items for research or therapeutic purposes
  • Crafts made from carved or polished horns or bones
  • Clothing with animal skin, bones or feathers
  • Any regulated animal species, including fish, crustaceans and turtles (except dogs and cats)
  • Animal remains such as bones, blood, feathers and offal
  • Balanced dog and cat food with beef, sheep or goat meat
  • Balanced food for any animal, including aquaculture products
  • Live fish
  • Soil, earth and dirt
  • Untanned leather products
  • Hunting trophies whether mounted or fresh
  • Products in decomposition or with larvae or insects
  • Clothing and accessories used in bullfighting, bull riding or rodeos that have blood or animal tissues present

Restricted Items

The following may only enter if they follow the procedures in the Phytosanitary Requirements Module. Details here.

  • Vegetative material that will grow (seeds, bulbs, cuttings, buds, stakes, etc.)
  • Flowers, plants, vegetables and fresh fruits.
  • Grains (corn, beans, rice, quinoa, wheat, sesame, sunflower, beans, lentils, etc.)
  • Coffee
  • Green tobacco
  • Fresh chestnuts
  • Bees and their products

Sources:
https://www.gob.mx/senasica/documentos/productos-prohibidos?state=published
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/pasajeros/Paginas/Mercancia_no_ingresa_Mexico.aspx
http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/pasajeros/Paginas/Mercancia_no_ingresa_Mexico.aspx

Duty & Taxes

Duties and taxes on goods imported to Mexico from Canada are calculated based on the Free on Board method. This is known as FOB.
FOB Value = Cost of Shipping

Using the FOB Value, you can predict the amount of duty and taxes will be owing on a shipment.


Thresholds

Some countries provide a Duty & Tax Threshold (i.e. de minimis), which means that below a certain amount no duties or taxes are charged on the import of that shipment.

*NOTE: We do our best to ensure accurate information, but as the USMCA is unratified in Canada, we recommend you check with a licenced customs broker for up-to-date information.

Currency Mexican Pesos (MEX)
TAX (VAT / IVA) 16%: Standard rate
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$117 USD*
Duty Calculation Method FOB
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 USD*
Tax Calculation Method FOB

*$50 USD is about $65 CDN


Duties on Imports
  • Candy20% + 0.36*
  • Chocolate20%+0.36*
  • Spirits and Wines26.5% - 53%**
  • Tobacco and cigars160%
  • Cigarettes67%
  • Non-basic foods8%***
  • Energy drinks and their concentrates25%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats30%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics15%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants30%
  • Home Appliances0%-15%
  • Toys15%
  • Sports Equipment0-15%

* Candies and Chocolate: Surcharge of $0.36 USD/kg on sugar content

** Spirits and Wines: depends on alcohol content

*** Non-basic foods: Items such as chocolate, confectionary, custards and puddings, dulces de leche, peanut and hazelnut spreads and prepared cereals

Sources:
http://www.siicex-caaarem.org.mx/
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/26186/2-D._Mexico_Tariff_Elimination_Schedule.pdf
http://taxsummaries.pwc.com/ID/Mexico-Corporate-Other-taxes
https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2018/10/mexico-indirect-tax-guide.html
https://hkmb.hktdc.com/en/1X0AGE0U/hktdc-research/Mexico-to-Lower-De-Minimis-Threshold-for-Postal-Shipments-Effective-1-March
https://en.portal.santandertrade.com/international-shipments/mexico/customs-procedures
https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/26186/2-D._Mexico_Tariff_Elimination_Schedule.pdf

Mexico Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Additional Resources

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