May 7, 2005, 11:44 AM
Post #7 of 27
Your stacking the deck against yourself by thinking you can enter Mexico with what you have listed.
Re: [Merrill] moving my stuff to SMA w/out a menaje
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No one on an FM-T that I know of has ever entered Mexico with furniture and tools before.
I moved my belongings over a course of 2 years. The first time I moved my goods into Mexico, I had my manaje, the cost was $139cdn. On that move it was all my electronics and big ticket items. Got green lights.
2nd time was the "good dishes", some tools, our daughters toys and anything else that would fit in a Plymouth Grand Voyager with a roof carrier.
We got a red light and I provided my FM-3 and was allowed entry without any problems.
3rd time was with an old converted Dodge 150 full size shuttle bus van. This puppy was LOADED, with everything from a brand new BBQ to power tools to used PC parts, clothes, more kids toys, daughters bedroom furniture, photo albums, picture frames.
When we arrived at customs we got a green light but got flagged in by an agent.
We were asked to empty the van out for a complete search, after a few boxes were searched the agent asked if we had an FM-3 and an inventory list. We had an inventory list we did ourselves and translated on our own into Spanish, this pleased the agent and he continued to search a few more boxes, but would ask us to reveal the contents of what was in the box prior to him opening them, (sort of a test).
Once he was satisfied and a few more questions as to how and why we were living in Mexico, we were then allowed entry without any problems.
Do I suggest you enter the same way as we did, not unless you know exactly how to deal with customs, speak Spanish and possess a FM-2 or FM-3 in your pocket, I never would have done this on only a FM-T.