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we are driving to puerto vallarta for the 4 time - we've previously gone through Nogales - would everyone suggest that we continue to use that border crossing... also, we bring stuff down to use at a condo we rent for 5 months and have never declared any of the stuff we've brought down - we are bringing a couple of foam mattress pads, about 6 half gallons of bourbon (cuz it's really expensive down there), a couple fans and a gobb of used stuff for some needy families down there - any suggestions? thanks in advance

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The Bourbon could be a real problem. I would not take a chance as this is smuggling! I do not know when you last crossed but all the old Aduaneros were fired and they have a new young educated staff. If you get caught with the liquor they could sieze your car, refuse entry or just collect a huge fine and the liquor. IMHO not worth the effort. Would you smuggle goods into the USA? Probably not. Then why break Mexican laws? I doubt they care about a few foam mattresses. Maybe try Tequila!!!!

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I'll second that! Carrying the booze, knowingly failing to declare it, and anything over about $1000 worth of goods, used or not, makes you prime candidates for real trouble.
I can only assume that you have been very lucky in getting the green light and avoiding inspection. You've been playing with fire, and sooner or later you'll be caught and, yes, lose it all; including the car. A visit to jail is also possible & that can get really complicated and expensive. Recently, a local expat lady spent five years in prison before being found innocent.

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can I declare the liquor and if I do, how much is the tax on it?

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Check with Mexican Customs, to be sure, but I suspect that you may be restricted to just the personal limit of about 1L each.

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I think RV gringo is correct. In order to import that amount you need a broker and probably a permit . Not practical. Either change your tastes or pay the price at the stores in Mexico.

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By bringing booze in here is OK with you, It seems you don't care about the Mexican economy.
Buy your Booze here, put something back into the country.
Or are you just another Gringo that only thinks of themselves.
Better still stay NOB, and drink you Bourbon there

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I generally spend over $20,000 while I'm down there..... there are too many people afraid to travel to Mexico as it is - I think your comment was a little unfair - I bring down a car load of goods for the orphanage and families there..... I think it would be tragic of me to stay home. Pardon me for trying to save a little money. I'm a good person.

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There is something to be said for Hando's comment. It appears that you have always known that you were smuggling. In fact, bringing down things for others is definitely smuggling. You are only permitted to bring in personal posessions, within limits, for your own personal use.
Travelers and visitors should also know that all of the lax customs agents, and I mean 100% of customs agents, were replaced in 2010 with new, educated and much more strict officers. The 'green light' isn't as frequent now and inspections are much more detailed than they used to be.
So, please don't think we're being hard on you. We're trying to keep you out of trouble. Come to Mexico, enjoy your stay, but please don't try to be a 'missionary' and/or try to evade Mexico's customs laws regarding alcohol, or anything else.

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where on the internet would I find out about what I can and cannot bring to Mexico and how to go about paying duty on the stuff I may have over that limit?

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