Originally Posted by rsosadpt
Wow! So many beautiful brides from The Royal. I am very excited for everyone. I haven't posted much, but have read every post the last few months. My day is coming very soon, July 7th and am starting to wrap everything up! Literally. I have a repetitive question that I know has been posted a while back and guess I just want to be re-assured by recent brides about going through customs in Mexico with all the wedding stuff. My FI and I have been trying to do all the research we can to make sure we do all the right things.
Is it true that we can only take $300 in merchandise into Mexico? Why? Is it because they try to eliminate the re-sale of items?
Is the $300 per person?
Do we need all receipts?
No Made in China products?
We are up to 96 guests and have all our OOT stuff. I decided to take on the challenge of getting each one of them flip flops plus other stuff. I got many of them with gift cards, so would this technically count in the $300? (confusion. . .what a pickle). Also, lots of the things we are taking have been personalized with our names so I just don't think that this items would cause a big fuss, but who knows. . .
Any input is greatly appreciated!
Congratulations, Rocio! So much to be excited about!!! Yes, you need to make sure you tell customs that you have less than $250 worth of merchandise per person (to avoid hefty customs fees). If cost is not an issue, no big deal if you are okay with paying the fees, but it really is quite a bit! You also have to make sure it's clear that it's for your wedding and not for commercial sale.
We had a total of 12 large boxes of decorations, favors, and OOT bags, which we divided up among family members (each person took one box). We prepared all of the packing and included a letter in both English & Spanish with the following information:
1) that the items were not for commercial sale and were for our wedding
2) wedding date and location
3) contact information of bride, groom, and wedding coordinator
4) that all items totaled to less than $250
Truth be told, our items totaled far over $250 per box, so we made our own receipts for each box. We basically put the letter with attached receipts of box contents on the top and bottom of each box (in case TSA opened either side to inspect), and we also printed out a copy in an envelope for the person checking in the box to carry along with them in case they asked at customs (with verbal instructions of what to say if questioned). Everything made it to the venue without a problem, and truthfully, we probably over-prepared for the encounter with customs. However, there were some inspections that were much more diligent than ours, so better prepared than sorry.
We were asked by a few people about the contents of the big boxes, and we got used to explaining in Spanish that they were decorations for a wedding. That question was always followed by "how much total are in each box," and by then, we had memorized what was on the receipts we had made...so we said something like "a little over $200 maybe?"
If you want to PM me, I can send you the receipts and letters we used.
Hope that helps!