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Old 05-03-2016, 12:53   #1
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Shipping to Mexico...yes Virginia there is a Santaclause

It's a constant refrain sung around the cruiser haunts and anchorages in Mexico that you just can't ship something into Mexico without weeks or months of drama. Customs in Guadalajara, the story goes, will screw you, steal your stuff and rake you over the coals in customs duty.

Well let me introduce a new song, it's called San Diego to La Cruz Mexico in two days with a Saturday delivery for about $100 in shipping costs. That's about 31hrs door to door. The box was 46"x3"x3 (to accommodate an RO Membrane). The shipping method was using DHL with complete and accurate tracking all along the way. This isn't a one off, lucky package, I've been having these shipping results in Mexico for years now. In part because I know how to fill out the paperwork properly, but this isn't the Mexico you heard about 20, 15 or even 5yrs ago.

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Old 07-03-2016, 09:25   #2
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Re: Shipping to Mexico...yes Virginia there is a Santaclause

Ya...but $100 to ship a membrane? I guess maybe because it was a 2 day.
To parallel your ease of importing into Mexico, I have a 10 year import on my boat. I carry the paper with me as I travel back and forth by bus, truck or what ever way. I've had suitcases full of tools, gear, quarts of bottom paint go through xray without even a blink of an eye. My truck bed full from front to back, bottom to top of the camper of boat crap. The polite, smiling Army dude looks in, I lay out all my paperwork, he shrugs his shoulders and says grasias amigo and I'm on my way. Twice on the bus, the driver didn't stop at immigration despite my asking, which means I am actually in the country illegally. Still, never a problem coming home.

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Old 07-03-2016, 09:49   #3
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Re: Shipping to Mexico...yes Virginia there is a Santaclause

For many items Amazon can ship to Mexico very easily and quick. Check Amazon Global, or use the international shipping filter when searching on Amazon as some items can not be shipped to Mexico.
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Re: Shipping to Mexico...yes Virginia there is a Santaclause

85usd gets dhl to a large city in 2 days. it gets to a tiny puebla more south in 2 weeks.
been practicing with bank cards for almost 4 yrs without much change...
but, yes, virginia, if you are in a large hub city, you will be getting your goodies via dhl in 2 days.
must use tracking.
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Old 07-03-2016, 19:21   #5
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Re: Shipping to Mexico...yes Virginia there is a Santaclause

I recently used Amazon to ship a new ARB brand cooler style fridge/freezer to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. The only hitch was the fact that the item cost, plus the shipping, equaled more than $1000 usd, and it was red flagged in Guadalajara. With the help of a local Mexican friend to fill out official forms in Spanish, I still received the item in 6 days. 👍🏽

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