New book tax in Mexico?
Thread poster: Kim Metzger

Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 01:16
German to English
Sep 21, 2004

For years I've been ordering books from the US and Germany and never paid a penny in import taxes. Today, I got a rude shock: my dictionaries arrived from Germany. Total value: 360 euros ($435). Tax: 870 pesos ($75) or a 17% percent tax.

While I realize my beloved Mexico is not quite perfect, this is going too far. Does anyone know if a new import tax on books has been imposed?

Cheers, Kim


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Atenea Acevedo  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:16
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Nooooo! Sep 21, 2004

Hi, Kim,

No new taxes have been imposed so far, albeit the heated debate over this issue in the last year or so. I do know that shipping packages doesn't cause taxes either (as in using DHL, UPS, etc.), so I'm as puzzled as you!

Regards,
Atenea


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 01:16
German to English
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New book tax in Mexico? Sep 21, 2004

Atenea Acevedo wrote:

No new taxes have been imposed so far, albeit the heated debate over this issue in the last year or so. I do know that shipping packages doesn\'t cause taxes either (as in using DHL, UPS, etc.), so I\'m as puzzled as you!



Thank you for your prompt reply, Atenea. So I guess the next step is to file a complaint with Servicio Postal Mexicano? Lord hep me!


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 01:16
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Confirmation Sep 21, 2004

In case you need some documented evidence, this looks like the right place: http://www.economia-snci.gob.mx/sic_sistemas/siavi/genera.php?fraccion=49019906# (which covers books not in Spanish); click on "Historia arancelaria."

[Edited at 2004-09-21 23:58]


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