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Mexico and US Customs: what you can take on your trip | Digital Trends Spanish


Traveling to the neighboring country is attractive. However, before packing it is necessary to bear in mind the recommendations of the customs of Mexico Y U.S, especially not to be creditors of a sanction.

In the following lines, some general measures issued by the dependencies are mentioned, with the idea that the passage from one country to another is as fast as possible.

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Mexico Customs

about money

The Mexican authorities are clear in this regard: “Introducing or extracting from the country more than $10,000 dollars from the United States of America or its equivalent in other currencies is not a crime. Not declaring it is.”

Those who do not make the corresponding declaration, either when entering or leaving the country, will be subject to a fine that can range from 20 to 40 percent on the amount that exceeds $10,000 dollars. The penalties are increased if the amount is greater than $30,000.

about goods

Travelers will not be able to enter certain merchandise to the country, either because they are prohibited or regulated:

  • narcotics.
  • Live predatory fish of any size.
  • Images of any kind that represent children in a denigrating or ridiculous manner, in attitudes of incitement to violence or destruction.
  • Used clothing and footwear that are not part of personal luggage.
  • Weapons and ammunition.

about vehicles

The Mexican authorities have several guidelines for the case of vehicles, from a temporary importation to a definitive one:

about pets

pet lovers

At some point it may be necessary to travel to another country with the pet (or with some agri-food product). It is indicated that each country establishes its requirements, however, the authorities state that in most cases the Animal Health Certificate for Export must be presented, a document issued by SENASICA.

United States Customs

In the case of US citizens who want to travel to Mexico, there are some guidelines that they should consider well before packing their bags.

about items

It highlights that all items purchased in Mexico must be declared, Cuban cigars are prohibited and it is necessary to consult with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the importation of any medicine before crossing Mexico, a government agency that also has a zero tolerance policy with illegal drugs.

About agricultural products

  • Most fruits are prohibited (with the exception of oranges and apples).
  • You cannot take fruit or meat from the United States to Mexico.
  • Before going to Mexico it is necessary to ask a CBP officer for a list of items that it is possible to bring back.
  • Fines of $50 to $1,000 may apply if agricultural items are not declared.

Border between Mexico and USA

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Mexico and the United States share a 3,175 km border, with 55 active ports of entry. In this area, 10 states come together, four from the nation led by Joe Biden and six from the country led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

According to the United States Department of State, the scope of relations between the two governments represents some $1.7 billion of round-trip trade.

“In addition, 1.5 million US citizens live in Mexico, and this country is the main foreign destination for US travelers,” adds the agency.

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