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By Azucena Mazón and Shandra Keesecker
Following new provisions of the Secretary of the Treasury, all recreational and sports boats measuring 4.5 meters (14.7” ft.) or more in length (yachts, catamarans, sail boats, etc.) coming into Mexico must follow guidelines regarding temporary importation, which is then valid for 10 years.
With annual hobie cat regattas held twice a year in Puerto Peñasco, as well as the 2016 Hobie 16/18 North American Championship to be held Oct. 10th-14th, it is important to be sure participants are prepared.
Oscar Palacio, President of the Puerto Peñasco Hotel Association, and one of the organizers of the yearly regattas emphasized this point as approximately 150 hobie cats are expected for the North American Championship.
He noted SAT links will be sent to event coordinators in the U.S. to make sure all are in line with the temporary permit guidelines, and in order to prevent issues upon crossing into Mexico.
The customs/sea vessel section on the sat.gob.mx site details requirements for temporary importation (presently only in Spanish): Temporary Importation of Sea Vessels
Where can temporary import permits be acquired?
$51 US(+tax) When obtained at CIITEV offices at border entries, or at Mexican Consulates in the U.S.
$45 US(+tax) Online
How to pay?
At CIITEV offices and Mexican consulates: cash, credit, or debit
For more information and to apply online, visit the Banjercito page under: Application for Temporary Import Permit for Vehicles, Boats, and RVs
Select language (middle of page), then Type of Permit. Select “Boat Permit” and continue to scroll down on each page after text in order to follow outlined steps. A bar code after completing the process is meant to facilitate continual crossing of sea vessels.