Feb 22, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Re: [RickS] Don't Bring Jewelry into Mexico
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A friend received an unwelcome surprise when they arrived for their first ever week's vacation in Mexico this week. Upon arrival, on a flight from Dallas to Leon, they were taxed on their jewelry.
Luckily, they wear simple costume jewelry but it still added up to $591 U.S. dollars which, after a duty-free allowance of $300 U.S. for "merchandise additional to baggage", the 16% tax resulted in a bill for $600 pesos.
That's not too bad, but we have friends who come here who wear thousands of dollars on one single finger and will therefore be taxed many thousands of pesos upon entry.
I checked all the Mexican customs information and, sure enough, jewelry is not included in the list of personal items (though up to three surfboards are). I'm not aware if this is new or always been there.
Any suggestions (other than quit coming to Mexico, they obviously don't want you here) of how this tax can be avoided are welcomed.
I know Rick is well intentioned but: Does this message smell a bit off to anyone else ?
Does anyone else believe that everyone entering Mexico will therefore be taxed many thousands of pesos upon entry.
By raising the old saw: " quit coming to Mexico, they obviously don't want you here ", it emits more than a whiff of a story made of whole cloth, told to further some personal agenda.
Third hand stories that refer to generic "friends" with no other substantiation leave me a bit cold - where many of them are often just party chat mis-repeated over cocktails.
If this were real, and an actual policy change, why are there no other reports of this?
Do you know "Glenn" personally - and is he a credible fellow?
Do you know the "friends" and are there any other reports from other expats who have experienced this supposed new Aduana policy?
Is there proof that the people who were supposedly taxed understand Spanish and speak it well, or is this possibly another expat misunderstanding what they were told - and giving the wrong answers to questions they don't fully understand?
If this is likely just some unsubstantiated, one-off, cocktail party gossip, why title the thread with the dramatic "Don't Bring Jewelry into Mexico" ?
Would a better title be: "Has Anyone Recently Entering Mexico Been Taxed on Personal Jewelry?"
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Feb 22, 2012, 2:04 PM)