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International Shipping to Mexico: Rules That May Surprise You

Posted on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is the United Mexican States. It’s known for many things, including its pre-Columbian period inhabitants, stunning beaches and out-of-this world foods. They are so well known in fact, that thousands of Americans flock to the warm weather country each year to visit or purchase second homes. What many might not realize is international shipping to Mexico can be tricky without the right guidance.

For example, Mexico’s federal presidential constitutional republic government has a list of items that they will not let people ship into their country. Some of the items on the list many Americans may find odd. For example, despite offering access to a variety of cycling trails, it is against the law to ship bicycles to three of the country’s major commercial ports.
And that’s not all. The list of other items that cannot be imported into the country includes, but is not confined to the following:
•    Garbage Pail Kids Cards or Bubble Gum Trading Packs
•    Used Shoes Unless They’re Personal Possessions
•    Chocolate Cigars and/or Candy Cigarettes
•    Fish, Frozen or Living
•    Turtle Skins or Eggs
•    Used Electronics
•    Meats

In addition to the above, Mexican officials also restrict the influx of a wide range of unexpected items too. Just check-out our short list of restricted items below:
•    Barbie Dolls and Stuffed Animals
•    Chinese-Style Clothing
•    Curtains and Dishes
•    Life Jackets
•    Plastic Toys
•    Tennis Shoes

On top of that, international shipping to Mexico also requires an understanding of the duties and taxes involved. At this point, the flat rate of duties and taxes is 16%. And it will typically need to be paid if your imported goods are considered to be valued at more than $75. For many furniture shipments coming from Houston, furniture is loaded onto pallets and then shipped on pallets to warehouses in Laredo, TX.  From here, the furniture is then taken over the border into Mexico.

To learn more about international shipping to Mexico, please contact our Houston, Texas, team. We’ve been helping people sort through international shipping regulations since 1981

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