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garrycouch

Nov 17, 2006, 2:29 PM

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Aduana News re: Car permit and the FM3

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Just returned from our quarterly kamikazi shopping trip to
McAllen, Texas via the Cd Victoria route. On the return leg,
the Aduanas at the 20 mile or so point south of Reynosa
on Hwy 97 were very courteous, as usual (in spite of the
43 degree F temperature at 7 am). One of the two men
nicely requested that the next time we crossed over into
the U.S. and returned to Mexico, we must have our old car
permit renewed. He explained that so many misinterpreted
the Mexican law (as we did) that a valid FM3 means a still
valid auto permit after leaving and returning, when actually
that holds only for travel within Mexico. So I didn't try to
show him my copy of the law (which actually proves him
correct) since most Aduana stops will look at the copy and
wave you through. FYI - He said that the Aduana will be
educated soon on the real requirements so that abuses
(accidental or intended) will not happen.

 
 
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