TAX EXEMPTIONS - GENERAL
|If you are absent from Canada for more than
seven (7) days, residents qualify for a personal duty and
tax exemption on purchases up to $800 Canadian (about $9600 pesos). You
can of course purchase more than $800, but you will be
required to declare and itemize every item you purchased and
pay duty & taxes on any amount over the $800. If you
decide to do this, you need to keep receipts on all items
purchased. This is always difficult, as may shops and
vendors in Mexico do not issue receipts. Exemptions
cannot be shared between persons; Say you bought a gift for
$950 and your wife's total purchases were only $500, you
would have to pay duty & tax on $150 even thought your wife
is $300 under her exemption. It is better to buy small
value gifts, as the exemption value is easier to split
between persons traveling together. All items declared
in each persons $800 exemption must be for
that persons personal use. Infants and young children qualify
for the exemption if a parent completes a
Customs Declaration Form (below) in
their child's name for the items for their their use only.
|Visitors in Mexico can send gifts to
friends or relatives back in Canada duty and tax free if
each gift is valued less than $60 Canadian (about $720
pesos), and is packaged separately. Include a gift
card in the package to prove to customs that it is a gift.
Make sure the gift is under the $60 or else your friend will
be obligated to pay regular duty and taxes on the total
amount. Gifts cannot be alcohol, tobacco, or any
business related items. You have to include these gift
amounts under your $800 exemption.
ALCOHOL & TOBACCO
|Canadian residents qualify to bring back
the following items included in their $800 exemption:
1.5 liters of wine; or 1.14 liters of liquor; or 8.5 liters of
beer or ale.
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos, 200 tobacco sticks
and 200 grams of tobacco.
These items must return with you in your hand or carry-on bag.
CUSTOMS DECLARATION CARD
information is provided for familiarization purposes only.