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Old 09-13-2014   #16 (permalink)
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ok...slow learner here but want to make sure I understand this...we are coming from Canada....if we buy 2 cartons at duty free in the Calgary airport and we pay the full amount for the 2nd carton while there we still have to pay extra in Mexico if we have more than one carton and we declare them? Or because we paid the full amount for the second carton at the airport we are ok?
Not sure I fully understand your question but let me just say this...

You can bring in one carton per person - whether you buy it at duty free at home, or in Cancun. Anything over one carton will be taxed.
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ok...slow learner here but want to make sure I understand this...we are coming from Canada....if we buy 2 cartons at duty free in the Calgary airport and we pay the full amount for the 2nd carton while there we still have to pay extra in Mexico if we have more than one carton and we declare them? Or because we paid the full amount for the second carton at the airport we are ok?
One carton per person regardless of where you bought them - that's my guess.
More than one carton and you will be hit hard.
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That just hurts, but then I haven't bought a carton in many years. When we hit Playa ten years ago, a carton at the duty free was a couple bucks cheaper than the grocery store, and a couple bucks cheaper than that on 5th. I take it things have changed?
Ciggs are $31 at the airport. We stopped at an OXXO so Sue could buy a carton and they were $500 something pesos there from what I recall, so quite a bit more expensive.
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thanks guys got it......the reason I asked is that last year at the Calgary airport we were allowed to buy one at the duty free price and had to pay the full regular price (taxes incl) for any carton over because Mexico had changed it's rules on the amount allowed to bring in. We "assumed" that when we paid full price for the second one at the Calgary airport that they were collecting the taxes for Mexico and we would have no issues when we got there.
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Curious about the cig limit when entering Mexico. The posts here would indicate one carton, or 10 packs. When I search this, all I find is 2 cartons or 20 packs. Link: 1 What Can I Bring into Mexico: Mexican Customs Rules – The Article | Surviving Yucatan

And this isn't the only site that would indicate 2 cartons. Nevertheless, I would trust the experience of anyone here who has actually been there and done that.

So, which is it...1 carton or 2; 10 packs or 20? And I'm not referring to the duty free shop. I also make my own and would like to know what I can bring????
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Regardless of what you might see, it has to be outdated info. It is now one carton per person, or 200 ciggs.

Click < One site that has been updated.
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Thank you, looks official to me! (I do wish these sites all included last date of update, though the link you provided does indicate a 2014 copyright notice, so that must be the most recent).
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Actually, the most recent info is having seen it with my own eyes less than a month ago.
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They ask you when you hand in your customs form, before you even press the button. They asked me too, specifically asked me if I had ciggs and also if I had a laptop or tablet. I said I did have a tablet and he made me check a box on the back of my form. Then I got the red light anyway (11th time in a row now!). So when asked if you have ciggs and you say "Yes", they will want to know how many cartons you purchased. You can either lie or fess up - either way they are going to look.
Interesting comment on the red light. I went for years and never got one, and now it's been the last five times in a row. I wonder what changed?
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Actually, the most recent info is having seen it with my own eyes less than a month ago.

Is it ok to bring your own ciggs or in my case cigarellos. bought at home?? and not bought thru duty free .I buy them thru a cigar magazine ...5 in a p[ack and 10 packs in a carton.
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Interesting comment on the red light. I went for years and never got one, and now it's been the last five times in a row. I wonder what changed?
The light I guess. I turned red
Or your luck changed.
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The light I guess. I turned red
Or your luck changed.
I think they're searching more.
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You can bring in one carton per person - whether you buy it at duty free at home, or in Cancun. Anything over one carton will be taxed.
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Is it ok to bring your own ciggs or in my case cigarellos. bought at home?? and not bought thru duty free .I buy them thru a cigar magazine ...5 in a p[ack and 10 packs in a carton.
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Is it ok to bring your own ciggs or in my case cigarellos. bought at home?? and not bought thru duty free .I buy them thru a cigar magazine ...5 in a p[ack and 10 packs in a carton.
I don't think the source of your smokes is important, only the number you bring in. In my earlier post in this thread I mentioned brining in cigarellos and having to pay tax. I declared them because of the difference from the posted amounts on travel sites and the amounts indicated on the Mexican customs form here http://www.aduanas.gob.mx/aduana_mex...S_18102010.pdf
I just called them smokes and was hit for 601 pesos. And I got the red light.
For years I just brought in what I wanted and did not worry, but that last time, Jan 2014, I had a feeling about the light.
That customs form also lists the penalty for not declaring of %115 of the commercial value of the item(s)
I had to quit because of arteries clogging up but I still want to smoke at times and love the smell of tobacco. At least I don't have to worry about bringing in smokes now.
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I think they're searching more.
I agree. I've gotten the red light more in the past two years (every single time) than I have in 15+ years of traveling to Mexico total.
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