Mar 21, 2006, 2:51 PM
Post #9 of 17
Well Pete, Iím as confused as you are about some of those customs duties. The duties on stuff from China were supposed to be reduced or eliminated after Mexico and China completed their free trade agreement. I donít know if that has been finalized yet. I also donít know anything about the other countries you mentioned.
Re: [johanson] What is the duty on bringing new computer into Mexico?
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One thing that Merkalink does do is to send you an Email after they receive the things you want shipped to you here, listing what the charges will be to ship your goods to you in Mexico including the import duties. If you donít want to pay for it, you can instruct them not to ship it to you.
The down side to that is that if you opt to have the shipment sent back to the sender, you must pay the extra shipping charges. I did that on one occasion. My daughter had sent us a box containing canned Boston baked beans, Wheaties breakfast cereal, and some other miscellaneous stuff. Merkalink told me they could not ship any food into Mexico.
I called them and argued that there was nothing fresh, or prohibited in the box. They said they were sorry, but they were prohibited from shipping any food of any kind. Maybe Carlos Slim has a grocery business.
Anyway, it cost me $42 US Bucks to ship the box back to my daughter in California. That could be worth it if you were looking at 533% import tax.
Another thing I found out the hard way is that Merkalink wants an invoice for anything you have shipped to them so their customs broker can set a value on the shipment. If an invoice is not included with the shipment, they will send you an Email requesting the invoice and it is acceptable if you Email them a copy. If you buy anything on the Internet, you will usually receive an invoice via Email. I send them copies of them.
One time I had a friend send me a used motherboard. He had no invoice for it, so he created one using Excel and emailed it to them. Anther time I called them and told them what the value for some stuff was, and they accepted my word for it.
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