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Bringing pets into Mexico via an airline it is best to check your airline's web site. When bringing a dog or cat by car rarely are health certificates requested. The legal answer on the requirements are here but as I noted rarely followed when entering by car.
Moving household items to Mexico involves special requirements and documentation, including your immigration status and various customs declarations. The goods themselves are restricted to used (not new) items that are normally part of a household, such as furniture, clothing, linens, and appliances. Permissible items generally are allowed without trade duties (duty tax), but requirements vary. Minimize problems and fees by learning about all applicable requirements and preparing your documents and shipments accordingly.
The following are some of the basics to get you started.
To be excluded from the IVA tax your items must enter Mexico no later than 6 months from time visa is fully issued in Mexico. Please note if you try to bring in a large number of household item with a moving company you will need a Menaje de Casa from the consulate, a broker at the border and visa fully issued. Those with only a pre-approved visa may be required to have their household items put into storage on the US side of the border; wait weeks for your visa to be issued in Mexico and return to the border to retrieve your items.
Here are some if the documents you must provide to bring household goods into Mexico:
Resident card—official document of Temporary or Permanent Resident status
Bill of lading (BL or BOL)—required for transporting goods by sea; if shipping by air, this document is known as the airway bill (AWB)
Packing list—detailed catalog of your goods, including a description and shipping box number for each item
Proof of last entry date—may be an airline ticket or reservation
Proof of address—may be a utility bill dated within three months of your last entry
Passport—from your county of citizenship
Letter of declaration to customs—including your Mexico address, a description of your goods and acknowledgement of the requirement to bring your goods with you when you move out of Mexico.
Letter of empowerment—authorizes a customs broker you are working with to handle and transport your goods
Declaration of Household Goods (Declarción de Menaje de Casa)—required only for Permanent Residents and Mexican citizens; optional but also recommended for Temporary Residents. With a Menaje de Casa one must have a Customs broker to import your items.
Goods that are allowed include household goods and personal effects. Article 90 of the Mexican Customs Law states that the items you take across must be used (purchased at least 6 months prior) personal items and furniture of a house, e.g. clothes, books, furniture, appliances, and electronics. Tools and implements are also allowed if they are required for your profession or if they are used for a hobby. Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair, blood pressure or sugar monitors and oxygen generators are allowed duty-free. New (unused) items and those in unopened packaging may be allowed into Mexico but will likely be subject to duty and other requirements.
Goods that are not allowed include guns or ammunition of any caliber, as well as most other weapons. Also not allowed are fresh or frozen food including fruits and vegetables, plants, spices or seeds. It is illegal to bring into Mexico some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the United States, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) or codeine are prohibited. Individuals are advised to carry a copy of the prescription or doctor’s letter but it is still possible that you may be subject to arrest for arriving to Mexico with substances in these lists. it is not recommended to ship these items with your household goods. Vehicles, including cars, boats, recreational vehicles, and trailers are not considered household goods and must be declared and approved separately. This does not apply to motorized vehicles.
Menaje de Casa is for moving household and personal items to Mexico. It is provided by a Mexican consulate and applies to expats with a Temporary or Permanent Resident visa that has been completed and issued in Mexico (not a pre-approved visa). At the consulate, one presents a valid photo and Temporary or Permanent Resident visa; provide your address both outside and inside of Mexico; provide 4 copies listing household items; you list must contain a detailed description and the quantity of the goods. For electronic items, you must indicate brand, model and serial number. The fee for the Menaje de Casa is about $130. The tax exemption only applies for the first 6 months from when the TR or PR visa is issued in Mexico. In addition, the items may arrive up to 3 months prior to visa holder and up to 6 months after the visa holder arrives. For a TR the law states that once you will no longer be living in Mexico, when leave you will take the items with you. A Customs broker is required for those with a Menaje de Casa.
Note: School transcripts of grades and/or diplomas from post-secondary institutions still require legalization for revalidation.
To prove a common-law relationship in Mexico, the applicants must present a Statutory Declaration or Affidavit signed before a Canadian Notary Public, stating that as of the date of the visa application the interested parties have cohabited publicly and continuously for a minimum of two years. This declaration must contain certified copies (certified by a Notary Public) of the official photo identification of the interested parties (passport, driver’s license), as well as documents demonstrating their common-law relationship (rental contract or financing to purchase a home signed jointly; joint property; joint bank or credit accounts; income tax return showing the common-law union; life insurance policy listing the common-law partner as beneficiary, etc.).
If the couple has children together, they should present the original birth certificate(s) of the child(ren). In this case, it is not necessary for the couple to have cohabited publicly and continuously for a minimum of two years. Nevertheless, they must show that they maintain a common residence by means of payment receipts for utilities issued under both names.
If the Statutory Declaration is signed before a Notary Public from a province outside the jurisdiction of the Representative Office carrying out the procedure, or outside the country, it must be legalized by the corresponding Mexican Embassy or Consulate. In the document is issued outside Canada, it must be apostilled or legalized, depending on the country.
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Tax Refund to Foreign Tourists
Foreigners with tourist status may obtain refund of tax (value added tax) that has been transferred to them in the purchase of goods in stores established in Mexico, provided that the following requirements are met:
• Returned abroad by air or sea.
• Have tax receipts.
• That goods purchased actually leave the country.
• The minimum purchase per store is 1,200 pesos with electronic payment.
• The purchase has been made in stores participating in the Tax Refund Program for foreign tourists.
• Purchased by electronic payment (credit card, debit card or services issued abroad by foreign financial institutions), or in cash purchases provided as long as they do not exceed 3,000 pesos per tourist.
Return is done by authorized dealers in attention units they have established for that purpose.
To make the return effective, tourist must:
Ask the store where you made the purchase your tax receipt, it must contain tourist information and tax return request form (also available in attention units).
Go to modules located in ports and airports for this purpose.
Present the goods for which the tax is requested to verify they are leaving the country.
Subsequent to verification, goods with an amount exceeding 5,000 pesos (including tax) are physically validated; In case of a lower amount, this validation may or may not be carried out.
Once the merchandise has been validated and the documentation has been reviewed, the corresponding refund will be paid.
The amount of the refund is paid in Mexican pesos, by reimbursement to the electronic instrument used for purchase, or in cash up to a maximum of 50% of the amount to be paid to tourist, not to exceed 10,000 pesos. Remainder is deposited electronically in the account indicated.
This benefit works in cities with greater influx of foreign tourists, such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Majahual, Progreso and Ensenada.
To understand how CURP codes are built, one must first understand Hispano American naming conventions. Full names in Spanish-speaking countries (including Mexican full names) consist of three elements:
First surname: the father's first surname; and
Second surname: the mother's first surname.
The CURP code is composed of 18 characters that are assigned as follows:
The first surname's initial and first inside vowel;
The second surname's initial (or the letter "X" if, like some foreign nationals, the person has no second surname);
The first given name's initial;
Date of birth (2 digits for year, 2 digits for month, and 2 digits for day);
A one-letter gender indicator (H for male (hombre in Spanish) or M for female (mujer in Spanish));
A two-letter code for the state where the person was born; for persons born abroad, the code NE (nacido en el extranjero) is used;
The first surname's second inside consonant;
The second surname's second inside consonant;
The first given name's second inside consonant; and
Two characters ranging from 0-9 for people born before 2000 or from A-Z for people born since 2000; these characters are generated by the National Population Registry to prevent identical entries.
For married women, only maiden names are used.
For example, the CURP code for a hypothetical person named Gloria Hernández García, a female, born on 27 April 1956 in the state of Veracruz, could be HEGG560427MVZRRL05
To transport the person's ashes or body those requirements are to be requested for the airline.