For humanitarian donations to be sent to Mexico, we advise the following procedures and rules. 

There are three different methods to bring donations into Mexico:

• A Mexican national residing in the border region, may bring merchandise with a value that does not exceed US$150 per person, cumulative up to US$400 dollars, when it is transported by more than two people in the same vehicle.

  • An international passenger residing in the USA may enter merchandise with a value that does not exceed US$300 per person.

• If the merchandise exceeds the amount indicated before, and does not exceed the equivalent of US$3,000.00, it must be imported through the "self-declaration" area of the Tax Administration Service (SAT). The tax corresponding to the global rate of 16% must be paid for the surplus of its franchise.

• For any merchandise that exceeds the previous amount and must be transported in a truck, the process must be done through a non-profit organization authorized by the SAT, such as the Red Cross; they must get a previous authorization from the SAT. For this purpose, you must send a full list of donations collected to the email address: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. The authorization may take 1 to 2 weeks..                          

Consider the following rules:  
Donations that are done through the procedures of Franchise or Importation must be delivered to the Red Cross of the state of Baja California.

Prioritize “basic needs” items, such as:

  • Bottle Water
  • Toiletteries
  • New Clothing and Footwear
  • Tents
  • Canned Food
  • Wheelchairs
  • Orthopedic materials

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The following products may NOT enter Mexico as donations: Fruits, vegetables, meats or any other perishable food; bulk grains; milk (liquid); medicines; used clothing and shoes; nor toys. Grains such as rice, beans or lentils can enter as long as they are packaged in branded bags. 

Create a list of the merchandise that you will give as a donation, keep a copy as a receipt since you must deliver another one at the collection center.

Consider that donations that exceed US$2,500.00 must carry out an export procedure with the U.S. authorities.

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