Customs rip-off

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, April 06, 2018, 18:23 (18 days ago) @ suztamasopo

It is the law. I did Medical Missions in the State of San Luis Potosi for 8 years. Everything that was brought in new or used had to be documented and approved by the Aduana in Mexico City. The best way to do it otherwise is to drive and bring a little bit at a time. Sad but true and as I said it is the law.

Well, instead of telling me "it is the law" I'd like to actually read the law, and so far I've found no written law that restricts a passenger from bringing donated articles such as glasses without paying any duties.

As far as I can tell, this appears to be the law for importing donations of new items from businesses abroad, but it does not appear to be regarding a suitcase of used donated items but rather new items donated by a business or organization. I can find nothing about donations of used items from individuals intended for free distribution among the needy. I find it hard to believe that these things are restricted, and I doubt they are.

On the Aduana's page for what is and what is not permitted, it says nothing about donations of used items, so a passenger on a flight from abroad should have a reasonable expectation to bring a reasonable amount of used donated items for charitable purposes.


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