Aug 16, 2009, 11:40 AM
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I concur with the recommendation to declare everything. But I wonder, if you are bringing a lot of stuff into Mexico if you don't have an FM3? If not, then you will probably expect to pay some duty, which is only fair.
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I consult with a lot of Americans moving to Mexico with and without FM3's and tell them that they are spending $1,000 worth of worry on $100 worth of duty if they do things the right way. What I generally suggest is that they make a list of what they have, walk across the day before and ask what the duty will be. Then they will know what to expect.
Also with the importation of guns into Mexico by Americans, customs officials and the Army are more likely to check out any trailer full of stuff. Where you are going should predicate which crossing you use.
I have crossed at every border crossing in Texas over the years and do not think it makes much difference which one you choose. I personally do not like N. Laredo and don't cross there. I do use both of the bridges at Reynosa (Hidalgo and Pharr) frequently and have tried the smaller one at Falcon Dam not long ago. Very laid-back. Very. 'Mexico" Mike.
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