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Regulations Visitors Should Know About Imports into Mexico

Mexico is very welcoming and does not restrict anyone from entry into the country unless the person is seen as trouble in the eyes of the law. However, just as there are regulations regarding entry of pets into the country, so are there some regulations controlling the entry of consumables and other items into Mexico. It is really a move to ensure foreign disease does not come in to contaminate local plants or even infect humans.

Regulations Visitors Should Know About Imports into Mexico

The import regulating body, the National Health Services of Mexico (SENASICA), lists some things that nobody should bring into Mexico. These items are:

  1. Soil
  2. Hay; natural straw; or even straw decorations
  3. Prepared food
  4. Meat or even bone meal

There are then those items that are controlled, and are allowed only when they fulfill some specific conditions. The items are:

  1. Poultry or any product associated with it, like chicks or even eggs
  2. Plants of any kind and even their seeds or seedlings
  3. Trophies of hunted animals, but not those poached, like elephants or rhinos
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    1. Rabbits; ferrets; hamsters; and suchlike animals
    2. Meats and meat products from quarantined countries
    3. All dairy products
    4. Bees and their products besides honey
    5. All flour, including corn meal, wheat flour and so on
    6. Farm chemicals and the raw materials that make them

All these products have to be given clearance by the Mexican Agricultural department. Once they are given the relevant clearance, the important thing for the visitor carrying them is to ensure that the cargo is insured against theft or any other possible danger.

Here is the list of the items that Mexico allows into the country without restrictions, unless, of course, they are found to be contaminated after regular inspection:

i.        Leather products, as long as they are not linked to poaching activities anywhere in the world

ii.        Smoking tobacco

iii.        Honey

iv.        Roasted coffee; packaged spices; dried herbs; canned fruit; dried mushroom; dried truffles; dried prunes; preserved vegetables that are ready to eat.

v.        Bottled foodstuff

Note:

There are special concessions when it comes to visitors from the US and Canada. They can bring in, from their countries:

  • Pork that is frozen or refrigerated; or even vacuum packed
  • Cheese that is likewise frozen or refrigerated; or even vacuum packed
  • Similarly milk and packed pate can be brought in under the same conditions

For these products to be admitted into Mexico, they must be in their original packaging, clearly labeled as they are when released from the factory.

Advice

In order not to incur unnecessary costs when goods are rejected at the border or the airport, it is only reasonable that a visitor wishing to bring in such items should consult with the Mexican Consulate at home before embarking on the Mexican trip.

Besides that, the visitors should know that it is their responsibility to ensure the safe handling of the items. If the goods are in bulk, any contamination can occasion a great loss. Similarly, if the goods are stolen, the owner stands to lose a lot. So, the best thing would be to insure them against theft and related risks. As a traveler in Mexico, it is important to buy a Mexican car insurance policy from reputable companies such as MexicanInsuranceStore.com, but when carrying items of great value, that policy is not sufficient. It is wise to buy additional cover that relates to goods-in-transit and such.