Mar 2, 2012, 9:11 PM
Post #12 of 22
Thank you so much all for answering.
Re: [Sculptari] Customs Clearance in Mexico for s shipping service...
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@stevebrtx: It's definitely a good point to consult with a local, which is what I'm trying to do now. As for the horror stories, I would like to imagine (not that it's nice for anyone) that they do it to those that are one-time movers, and personnel (customs or whoever does it!) think they can get away with it easier as the newbies seem "inexperienced" by the looks of their paperwork, broker's opinion about them (I'm sure the brokers go tell the thieves who can be an easy prey or not, etc). I think it's a gamble anyway whether you are robbed or not.
@ Yucalandia: Yes, I have to go through a broker for sure eventually. What I need to do now is to MAKE UP a list for them to give me information I guess (?), because I don't have a full container ready to be shipped yet, so there's nothing to base an estimate and opinion they can give me...And I don't want to have a full container in front of me if I don't know what awaits fore me obviously... I'm a mexican national also (don't hate me ;)), so If I do my first shipment as a 'personal move,' it would be considered a 'move back home allowance;' not sure whether a broker has to be involved in this case...? I'm thinking if pretending to move is safer off, but at the same time I'm concerned they will see that my "moving" doesn't look like a moving after all, with a bunch of nearly same-sized boxes... and... fine me big time!
'15% is the standard duty for non-commercial personal routine items.' This is non-commercial, yes, but would they consider it personal if I'm actually providing a shipping service...?
@ Sculptari: Spanish is not a problem and I could have an R.F.C. (actually my mother lives there and has one already). The key is not to make a mistake with the paperwork (what is this paperwork anyway!? apart from the detailed list and value of freight, export declaration, and the 4-6 documents the brokers requires about the company legitimacy, power of attorney, etc.?), otherwise the broker would take advantage for helping you with little things that could have been anticipated (I'm speculating this). Or what do you mean by 'pay dearly for their involvement?' Their involvement to solve issues for you or to clear the container when everything looks fine? Would it be safe to think that their price for just clearing the container could/should be competitive with other brokers...?
As for ESTAFETA, consolidating in Texas is not an option (I mostly suppose), I'm in Montreal and would be renting the whole container for my cargo. This way, I don't have to worry about the weight. I'm pretty sure ESTAFETA works from here so I will definitely give it a shout!
'If only one item is out of line' what do you mean by this? an ilegal piece of merchandise?
'mountains of paper work' is this paperwork the one I have to prepare or the one caused by the 'out of line item'?
'5 days to clear the goods' I was advised to have everything ready so that when the container arrives it clears rapidly. I can only hope, since I'm not bringing touchy parts (like the japanese parts), that they won't care much about my container...
@ Everyone!: I know this is just a forum and I won't go build up my business based on this, but some pieces of information here are always great to consider; something I won't be told from a broker.
I have a CANADIAN COMPANY (business number) registered for the business to operate. I also have the option to have a Mexican company through my mother for the importing business to operate (properly registered in 'el padron de importadores').
I wonder what would be better: 1) To open up a Canadian branch of my business there (for it to receive the cargo, or 2) to use the mexican business as the one importing the cargo.... To me it makes more sense to have the branch, as it would be just one company operating the service and being taxed.
SORRY to throw a bunch of things at you! I hope you have patience on the topic. And please keep scaring me! This is good real stuff!