Mar 22, 2014, 8:05 PM
For what it is worth, I would suggest the following. My personal experience in moving here for good and I was on a (at the time an FM3).
I followed Rolly's printed example to the T and did it exactly as is described in his example. only difference was I made 6 or 7 full copies and I had only one left at the finish of my trip from Brownsville (at the time a particular tough Aduana crossing). Another difference I made was to give each box a number (as suggested) but I did it on all four sides as well as top and bottom of the boxes in large black marker with an individual list also taped to all four sides and the top of each box. Yes it is a bit of work but as YucaLandia says they (Aduana) loved the computer generated lists in both Spanish and English.
Also YucaLandia is bang on about meeting different folks (Aduana at 25 mile checkpoint, Army, or other military checkpoints, and or either state or Federal police checkpoints) just be polite and not nervous. These folks are only doing their jobs and it is usually as tough on them as it is on you. remember also to read rolly's list very clearly and don't rush to sell your second computer as it will tell you that EACH PERSON (ADULT or CHILD), is allowed one Computer a laptop or a desk top, plus a monitor, plus a printer, a backup hard drive and any other related computer station item such as speakers etc. Remember, that is for each person in the car as you cross. Adult or child as are most other limited items such as cameras, binoculars, etc. So don't read the list that Rolly sampled as you want to read it, but better to read it as it is clearly written. This will save you time and money.
When I moved here I brought with me, three different loads in a Tahoe and a dual axel enclosed trailer, loaded and I mean loaded with typical Gringo "stuff" including more power tools that I really needed to bring. I think they most importantly want to see that you did your reading and made a good and complete list. Several times, I was asked (at various check points), to open a box or two just to see if the numbers matched the lists. In fact if I were you, I would expect to be waved over for an inspection and count on it, then if you are (and many times you will be) waved on by then smile and say gracious.
I live just south of SMA and make the trip every three months and have had very good luck bringing items across with me both using my trailer and not. The key, I believe, is to always make a comprehensive list and include make, model, and serial numbers of any electric / electronic goods. I continue to do that to this day, as I go every three months NOB and come back with quite a load.
As for your nervous wife, I don't blame her, it can be an intimidating time, but only if you let it be. For goodness sake, please save your selves thousands of dollars and do it your self. First of all, your small load will only be a partial load on a large truck and your goods will most likely be handled many, many times moving them around, and many times folks paying to have things moved find a item or six missing when their goods arrive or some broken from rough handling.
Do it yourselves and save the hassles, worry's and be more comfortable doing so. Remember your Mexican car insurance will include your trailer, but not the goods inside of it. Use your current homeowners policy for that part if you wish to insure your goods from theft or accident.
Unless the amounts have changed with the new president in office, I was allowed three thousand dollars worth of goods, not three hundred on a permanent move to México. Maybe that has changed, I don't know for sure so check with others who have made a permanent move under the new president's rules, more recently. Relax and enjoy the trip, use the cuota's and drive only at daylight hours.
Your trip from the border to SMA probably will mean probably an overnight at a hotel in Matehuala depending upon where you cross. I now use the Anzaldúas crossing, from Mission, Texas, as I find it safe and convenient for me, but I believe that would be too far East for you to be practical. Check with others who have made such a move as to which crossing has been bothersome with such inspections. Check with others about places to stay overnight at with protected overnight parking at the hotels they use.
Always check and recheck you change for money spent at gas stations, before you pocket it and recount it in front of the attendant. Always ask for a receipt (nota) and check the amount of the as compared to what your pump says. Always check the pump is set at zero before getting your gas. Most stations ask you to do this, before they start to fuel your car. Do it for sure. never pull so far ahead of the pump that you cannot see the amounts being delivered, no matter if the attendant asks you to move forward or not. A favorite rip off at some Pemex stations is to short change you. remember your Cuota, tariffs are going to be a little more than double depending on the sixe and number of your trailers axels. I always plan on it costing double plus ten percent and I am never surprised when I take my trailer with me. there is however an upside to this, as Esperanza can personally attest to. Always keep your Cuota receipt as it is also an additional insurance policy for anything that can happen to your car and or trailer. Drop Esperanza a PM and ask about her experience with insurance on Cuota's.
Moreover, relax and have a great trip. It really is a great experience not to be missed and not a difficult one either. Have your wife keep a log of your trip and look back at it next year after your move, it will probably give you a few chuckles. (smiling)
Good Luck and have a good trip, If you like cappuccinos, all OXXO's Usually at most Pemex stations have excellent flavored ones. And not expensive either. OH and I almost forgot, make sure to keep a full roll of Toilet paper with you at all times. Most "rest stops (baños or sanitorios) do not provide paper for your comfort. Neither do most have toilet seats. So a covering of TP along the edge of the baño is a good idea as well as carrying a bottle or two of sanitizer, and a roll of paper towels. I always do and never regret it.
San Juan del Rio, Querétaro
(This post was edited by robt65 on Mar 22, 2014, 8:11 PM)