The Christmas holidays are just around the corner and with all the excitement the same confusion of each year appears again. What is the amount allowed to cross at the border customs?
According to the Tax Administration Service (SAT), persons of legal age who are residents of the border region may only cross $150 usd in merchandise, if they travel alone, or $400 usd per vehicle per family day.
The border region includes the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and the partial region of Sonora; the southern border strip adjacent to Guatemala and the municipalities of Caborca, Sonora, Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, and Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
The SAT has an option on its website, so you can get an estimate of what you would be charged if you exceed the limit.
When selecting that you travel by land when crossing the border, you must select the option if you travel alone or accompanied in the same vehicle.
Then you will be asked to enter each of the items you will cross into Mexico, adding quantity and price. On the right side will appear a souvenir which will give you information about the import of the product or how much you should pay if you exceed the allowed amount.
These are some items that you cannot bring past the border:
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Tobacco carved in cigars.
- Automotive fuel, except that contained in the fuel tank of the vehicle that meets the manufacturer's specifications.