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Old 06-08-2010, 14:29   #1
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Can one find out what the customs fees will be before sailing? Do you need cash in the local currency? I think Mexico will let you use a credit card if you let them know before the paper work is started. As far as I can tell for Mexico, Have a pass port, fishing license, Q flag. A courtesy flag can be bought at port but handy to have it already? Thanks
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G'day, Mate. No fees yet to clear in and out of New Zealand. Cheers.
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Can one find out what the customs fees will be before sailing? Do you need cash in the local currency? I think Mexico will let you use a credit card if you let them know before the paper work is started. As far as I can tell for Mexico, Have a pass port, fishing license, Q flag. A courtesy flag can be bought at port but handy to have it already? Thanks
In Mexico you often pay fees at a nearby bank. Where local currency is best but not required. Never paid a Custom fee, but Immigration and Port fees, yes. Q flag is not expected in western Mexico. You are expected to have the Courtesy flag hoisted at all reasonable times.

On first entry there's an immigration fee of maybe USD27 ??? per person and a small port fee. If they want some "other fee" simply ask for a receipt and it will be "waived".
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G'day, Mate. No fees yet to clear in and out of New Zealand. Cheers.
How about OZ? I hear they are high.
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During our circumnavigation, the only thing we used to pay fees for clearing in and out was U.S. Dollars. Dollars always worked fine wherever they wanted cash. A few places took a credit card. Most out of the way places wanted dollars.
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Noonsite is a good source of customs/immigration requirements and other information cruisers need.
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How about OZ? I hear they are high.
Being an Aussie I am embarrassed by the fees and hassles our government puts cruising boats through. They have you at the end of the Pacific Milk Run and they know it !
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I have looked at noonsight, I have gone to the Mexican Government web pages etc. I must be blind as I can't find set amounts. Its a good thing I have radar on board. If it could only see port and check in fees. Most web pages seem to be set up for more conventional means of travel like cruise ships and airlines. Is $75 USD for two people on board a good average to check in and out of most countries. I have heard that OZ wants $600 USD to check in and if your antifoul bottom paint isnít up to their standards they made you put on the hard and paint it. Is that true? I like to know what things are going to cost before hand or should I say what they are supposed to cost.
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G'day again, mates. New Zealand does not have any antifoul requirements at this point. They will take your uncanned meat, fresh vegetable, dairy, etc. We had our last turkey coming out of the oven when we cleared customs. They were going to take it, but were nice enough to let us have our feast and then they came back to take away the bones!!! Cheers.
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Can one find out what the customs fees will be before sailing? Do you need cash in the local currency? I think Mexico will let you use a credit card if you let them know before the paper work is started. As far as I can tell for Mexico, Have a pass port, fishing license, Q flag. A courtesy flag can be bought at port but handy to have it already? Thanks
No customs fees anywhere unless you want to import your boat to that country.
For Mexico, about $25 per person for visas, about $10 for API harbor fees if your harbor has a port authority, and around $0.80 per night for anchoring in most big harbors.
You can get your temporary import permit there; you may or may not want to get your personal fishing licenses beforehand - about $48 per person per year. And you should have a courtesy flag to fly as soon as you are cleared in. I haven't seen anyone use a Q flag.
You also will need ship's documentation or state registration for your boat and a crew list to check in.
Personally I would never use a credit card in Mexico; ATM machines are almost everywhere. You should consider taking some pesos along anyway - it involves an element of respect for the country, pesos are always received, and you will get a much better exchange rate from a bank than from a vendor.

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I like the sound of New Zealand. They sound like they donít mind cruisers spending time and money there! Thanks for the info guys.
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