Frequently Asked Questions
Moving to Mexico FAQ
Below is a list of frequently asked question about Strom White Movers as well about moving to Mexico in general . If you have a question that doesn’t appear in the FAQ please feel free to contact us and ask!
How long have you been in the Moving Business?
How do you handle moving our goods in and out of Mexico?
What is the process my belongings go through to cross the border?
If anything is found to be new and not declared, customs imposes fines and your shipment is confiscated until they are paid. If you have anything in its original box and it is not new you MUST have a copy of the original receipt attached to your inventory. If this is not done, then the item will be classified as new and subject to the regulations of a new item coming into Mexico. If there are illegal items, then you will face legal issues. Once your shipment is cleared, then new seals are placed on the trailer, the import process is recorded and the shipment is released.
What paperwork is required?
There are strict regulations in regards to the type of documentation required for Mexican Customs to be able to bring in used household goods. There are three types of Visas:
Temporal, Permanente and Dual Citizenship Mexican Nationals.
You must obtain your Visa from the nearest Mexican Consulate in your area. You no longer can start the process in Mexico.
Permanente and Mexican Nationals need to get a Meneje de Casa approved at the Mexican Consulate in their area. This is a stamped inventory of what you are shipping into the country. It must include all make, model and serial numbers on all items that plug in or have a battery. We assist you with the Spanish translations and format. You will need to send originals to our Broker in Laredo, TX.
Temporal Visa holders do not need this stamped inventory but we do still need all the same information to present to Customs. We also require a passport and a couple of letters that need to be filled out from all Visa holders.
We require all of our clients to have their paperwork in order in the manner that we request before your shipment can cross Mexican Customs.
Our Mexican Consulate tells us different things than you do for bringing our belongings into Mexico, whom should I believe?
Every Mexican Consulate is different and unfortunately they do not operate uniformly. The Mexican consulates and the Border Customs are two complete separate government departments and they do not work in conjunction with each other in the manner we may think. Each Mexican Consulate will have their own format as to how the Meneje de Casa needs to be submitted. Please refer to how they require it to be done and we will assist you with that documentation and translations. Formats can be different and are accepted at Mexican Customs.
Please keep in mind, what we tell you we need is WHAT WE NEED to cross your belongings through the Laredo, TX border.
Does my shipment have to be cleared both with US and Mexican Customs?
Packing, how important is it?
Packing is very important for a successful move. We strongly recommend using Moving Companies who are familiar with International Moving. You are paying good money to have your belongings come to Mexico so why not take the time to make sure they also arrive in the best possible condition.
Why are the trailers sealed?
Insurance, is it really necessary?
How long can I expect my shipment to take from pick up to delivery?
What type of problems have you had?
- You MUST not ship anything new or less than 6 months old without declaring it.
- You MUST not ship excess items without proper documentation
- You MUST not ship illegal items
If you follow our instructions, then you should not have any problems.
This information is being provided by Strom White Movers for the sole purpose of information and we do not wish it to be copied or altered in any way unless authorized by us first to avoid any misrepresentation.