Prohibited Items for Importation by Shipping into Mexico

Posted on July 29, 2014 by yucalandia

July 29, 2014

Estafeta, a good common carrier in Mexico, lists the following items prohibited for shipping by common carrier into Mexico, and this post also contains a separate list of items prohibited for shipping within Mexico:

“Prohibited Import Items

Weapons and accessories in general, flammable, toxic or dangerous products. All kinds of fresh food, seeds, medicines, food supplements, vitamins. Medical instruments of any kind such as pressure gauges, massagers, pornographic material. Some cosmetic items with drug ingredients. Used clothing and shoes, leather goods in general. Some baby accessories such as bottles, diapers, teethers. Used and new tires. Products of wood in general, liquid inks and toners, candles, crayons, balloons, electronic cigarettes and accessories. Gotcha equipment and accessories or paint ball. CDs or DVD unrecorded (blank), etc.


If your item is not in this partial list or have any questions, contact the reporting area to clarify your doubts or questions.

transportingRestrictions on Transportation of Goods in Mexico

Prohibited Items: Alcohol, perishable and perishable items, hides and skins of animals, counterfeit merchandise referred to as “pirate”. Firearms, laboratory samples (toxic, hazardous or special handling), animals (dead or alive), parts with liquid waste, extraordinarily valuable items, precious stones, money or coins, metals, debt securities, plants ( natural), liquids, pornographic material, any type of knives, glass (in any of its forms), and psychotropic substances (chemical precursors and basic chemicals), Articles with Lasser, CDs or DVD unrecorded (blank).

They are also excluded materials restricted by IATA: explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, magnetic items, oxidizing materials, radioactive objects, toxic items, irritating materials, infectious substances and / or articles that could damage the aircraft structure and those who have other inherent characteristics listed above.

The new tires require compliance with Official Rules including lab.


Remember that this is a partial list, for more information send an email to: link to the specific product you want to import.

What Can I Bring into Mexico: Mexican Customs Rules

Dec. 4, 2014 Update
We have added a section on ~ RULES FOR SALESPEOPLE doing business as VISITORS to Mexico:.

Oct. 4, 2014 Update
We have added information on bringing in additional quantities of restricted items like cigarettes or alcohol, by paying extra duties.   See the comments at the end of the list of “What Can I Bring In Duty Free” for details.  We also added a section on items that are prohibited for importation by shipping by common carriers like Estafeta, UPS, DHL, and FedEx in a subsection called: Prohibited Items for Importation by Shipping into Mexico

Feb, 2013:  SAT has issued new rules for importing things. Customs brokers are no longer required for private individuals when bringing personal items in by land.

Dec. 7, 2013
Yucalandia offers the following update to Aduana’s policies on what is allowed for visitors to Mexico as a part of an ongoing series of articles on common issues. We welcome you to propose your own questions or issues for additional articles.

Please note that as of Dec. 5, 2013, SAT/Aduana has issued new Duty Free limits for people entering Mexico by air and by land. The new year round limits are $500 US dollars per person entering Mexico by air, and $300 US dollars per person by land. Note that these are the year round limits. There are also special holiday $500 USA per Mexican citizen Paisano program limits between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 8, 2014.

Here’s a List of the Contents of this Article:
Click on any of the following topics to go to that Section.

What can I bring in duty free?

~ Which items may be included in my personal luggage exempt from duty?

~ In which cases should I pay taxes?

~ Which other items must be declared?

~ Which goods are restricted?

~ Which goods are prohibited?

~ How much should I pay for those additional goods that are not part of my luggage or the $500 flight or $300 auto exemption?

~ Are you planning on driving into Mexico with your household goods? ~ Menaje de Casa Rules (English) ~

~ Aduana: Menaje de Casa ~ (Spanish)

~ Map of Aduanas del Pais

~ SAT – Directory of BANJERCITO Offices that Handle Vehicle Imports

~ Official Map of Aduana offices

~ RULES FOR SALESPEOPLE doing business as VISITORS to Mexico:

~ Prohibited Items for Importation by Shipping into Mexico

Back to the article:

Aduana’s current webpage for passengers arriving by Land and Aduana’s current webpage for import rules for passengers arriving by Plane says: