IMPORTANT:

The Organizing Committee of “La Carrera Panamericana” wishes to inform that the customs authorities at the US-MEX border are aware of the arrival of the participants and their cars and the importance of this race for the country. They are committed in helping all of the competitors in crossing the border as quickly and efficiently as possible as long as they comply with all of the rules and regulations. The Organizing Committee cannot intervene.

The Organizing Committee has received assistance from several customs agencies as well as the customs authorities at the border to review the information presented here so that each competitor can choose the best option for their needs. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for any time delays or additional expenses that can be derived from crossing the border.

Mexican law establishes that there are two ways to bring a car into the country and for each option there are different requirements that must be met and that we put forward for your consideration.
Note: Independently of whichever option is chosen; all of the competitors must obtain their FMM permit through the INM (Mexican Institute of Immigration) offices directly at the border.

For more information regarding the procedures to obtain your FMM, click here: http://www.mexperience.com/lifestyle/mexico-essentials/mexico-entry-requirements/)

OPTION 1. Entry of car with Tourist Permit

  • The permit allows each person to bring into the country only one car for up to 180 days.
  • The law states that the car must be able to cross the border by its own means and be in condition to be driven on public roads as well as meeting all of the legal requirements to do so.
  • In the case of an accident, damage or theft of the car or of any spare parts, components, pieces, tools, etc. that prevent any of these articles to leave the country (for whatever reason), it is very important that a report be made with the corresponding authorities. If this is not done, the competitor may be subject to a fine by the customs authorities.

For more information please call MarcaSAT at: 6272 2728 (Mexico City) or (01 55) 6272 2728 (from any other city).

  • All items that enter the country must be declared and must pay the corresponding taxes. Everything that enters must also leave; if not, the competitor could be subject to a fine imposed by the customs authorities.

The competitor must provide a detailed list to the customs officials of everything that will be entered into the country. This list must be as detailed as possible and include the following information: name, quantity, description, serial number and a “realistic” resale value in the low-price range of the articles.

  • Only the owner of the vehicle can pass the car into Mexican territory. In the case that a husband and wife are travelling together, each of them can bring a car in themselves.

For this reason, one of the two vehicles (the race car or the truck) must be in the name of another person that will accompany the team during the event and is present during the crossing of the border.

  • Obtaining the Tourist Permit will take place directly at the border at the windows of the Banjercito branch, (military bank), at some Mexican Consulates in the states of Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California (up to 60 days in advance) or it can be applied for online between 10 and 60 days in advance: https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos/ – english and spanish language version is available
  • The trailer and the tractor unit are considered a single unit. The Title of the trailer must be in the name of the same person who owns the tractor unit.
  • If the racecar is rented or is financed, the competitor must have all the valid documentation indicating that he has permission to bring it into Mexico.

If the car is rented the competitor must have a valid leasing contract with the owner. If the car is financed, the customs authorities are going to require a letter from the bank explicitly indicating that the competitor has authorization to take the car into Mexico in the name of the person who will be crossing the border with the car.

  • If the racecar belongs to a company, then the company must write a letter indicating that the person who will be crossing the border with the car has authorization to do so; even if the person is the owner of the company.
  • It is very important to keep all of the documents safe while in Mexico as the Federal Police or other authorities can request to see them at any time.
  • The fee that is paid is a guarantee deposit that is paid at the Banjercito modules, the Consulates or online will be returned to person who crossed the car into Mexico as long as he has not tampered with or removed the hologram sticker on the car, lost the documents or left Mexico from a different location than where he entered from within 180 days.

If it was paid in cash then the same person who brought the car into Mexico must request its return at the Banjercito modules. It it was paid by credit card, then it will be credited back to the card that was used for the payment. The owner of the card does not need to be present.

  • Personnel from the Organizing Committee of “La Carrera Panamericana” will be at Bridge No. 3 on Saturday October 8th at 8:00am at the border crossing to meet and assist the competitors.
  • For more information, please consult:

http://www.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/default.aspx

 OPTION 2 – Temporary Import Permit

The second option a competitor has is to bring the racecar into Mexico by means of a Temporary Import Permit which must be obtained from the customs authorities by an authorized customs agent acting on your behalf. It is not possible to obtain it individually.

The advantage that a competitor has when entering a racecar in this way is that the customs agent will undertake all of the administrative procedures on behalf of the competitor and will assure a quick and easy crossing as long as the he has complied with all of the requirements established by the law.

  • The Organizing Committee of “La Carrera Panamericana” will act as the Joint Obligor for this procedure.
  • The car does not need to be able to cross the border by its own means, i.e., the car can be fully or partially disassembled when crossing.
  • The owner of the car does not need to be present when crossing the border.
  • All items that enter the country must be declared must pay the corresponding taxes. Everything that enters must also leave; if not, the competitor could be subject to a fine imposed by the customs authorities.
  • The competitor must provide a detailed list to the customs officials of everything that will be entered into the country. This list must be as detailed as possible and include the following information: name, quantity, description, serial number and a realistic value in the low-range of the articles.
  • It is important that the customs agent that is chosen has an office in both Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
  • The customs agent will accompany the competitor (or the person who will be crossing the border with the car) at all times and will offer any help that is needed.
  • The fee for the customs agent includes the payment of all of the corresponding taxes, the official fees for the different procedures and the agent’s fees.
  • It is very important to keep all of the documents safe while in Mexico as the Federal Police or other authorities can request to see them at any time.
  • At the end of the event it is important to return to the offices of the customs agent in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to perform the procedure of canceling the Import Permit. If this is not done, the customs authorities could fine the competitor.

For more specific information regarding the procedures to enter a car into Mexico by means of a Temporary Import Permit, please contact the following authorized customs agent (or any other agent):

Customs Agent – Grupo Rayim de la Miyar
Contact:
Ulises Guzman
Adriana De la Miyar Garza
Alejandro De la Miyar Garza

Mexico City office: (55) 5635 8709
Nuevo Laredo office: (867) 712 3253
Laredo, TX USA office: (956) 726 0807
ulises@rayimdelamiyar.com.mx

Note: The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the services offered by the customs agent chosen by the competitor.