Moving from Mexico to the US: A Comprehensive Guide

Relocating to a new country can be a daunting task, especially when it involves moving personal belongings across international borders. If you’re planning a move from Mexico to the United States, there are several things you need to know to ensure a smooth transition. This article will guide you through the process.

What Can I Bring from Mexico to the United States?

When moving to the United States from Mexico, you can bring household items or personal effects such as furniture, carpets, paintings, dishes, books, libraries, works of art, and other common items that have been used abroad for no less than one year. These items are not intended for any other person or for sale. According to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, such items can be allowed to enter free of duties and taxes.

The owner of the household items and personal effects has up to ten years to bring them to the United States without having to pay taxes. However, after this period, an explanation of the unavoidable circumstances that made it impossible to import them within the stipulated time must be provided to the Port Director.

Required Documents for the Move

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to bring household items to the U.S., you must complete Form 6059B, which is a customs declaration, and possibly also Form 3299, which is a “Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles.” You must prepare an inventory and a list of all the items that will be moved. Be alert and well-informed because some items may be marked as objects that violate intellectual property or may pose a threat to security or health. This includes the marketing of pirated products. For more information, you can review the page related to intellectual property and the new edition of Form 6059B Customs Declaration.

What Not to Bring to the United States in My Vehicle?

There are specific regulations for importing goods from Mexico, but this is if they have a commercial purpose. If a person travels with their vehicle and wishes to enter the United States with some personal products, they can do so without the need to pay taxes, only having the necessary form and the inventory list at hand. Of course, the issue of the vehicle is also to be considered as it has its specifications (if it is purchased in Mexico, for example). However, there is an express prohibition of items that cannot be brought into the country under any circumstances as they may pose a threat to the country’s health and safety. In this case, you should review the list of “Prohibited and Restricted Items” which specifies products such as:

  • Absinthe alcoholic beverage (made from wormwood and other herbs)
  • Some biological components (many used in religious rites)
  • Ceramic utensils containing prohibited substances
  • Ethnic objects that have restrictions for being cultural heritage
  • Weapons or objects that can be used in personal defense
  • Live animals
  • Agricultural products
  • Raw foods, precious metals and minerals, plants and seeds
  • Photographic items (there may be exemptions but port authorities can review the content)
  • Soil, textiles made in other countries that may be prohibited in the United States
  • Lastly, goods that may violate trademark or intellectual property records.

There are specific regulations about what can be brought from Mexico to the U.S. Always stay informed and follow the guidelines to ensure a smooth and hassle-free move.

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