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Border Crossing Qustion

ML Racer

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Heading down for the NORRA race tomorrow and heard a rumor "they" now have a tariff on spare tires! I guess they give you one spare and the rest are around $40 a piece! Anybody confirm this?
 

swiftracing5

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Where are you crossing?

Mexicali enforced it at the 250. Not sure on TJ. Unless you tow a race car you can only have 1-2 tires with you. Of course it changes depending on who you ask but that is the general consensus lately.
 

Baja Bryan

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Its more easy if you have the rim in it. Just put on the bottom of all your crap for the race. Not a big issue if they find it if your towing a race car. No race car is a little tough.
 

rustyb

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To my understanding the import duty has existed a long time, but enforcement is spotty. Last year's 1000 I was stopped at Tecate for quad spare tires (I had around 10). The official who collects the fee was not on duty (Sunday) so they escorted me back around to the front of the line to enter the U.S. After the moronic US customs inspector sent me to secondary because I said, yes, I have fruit, it's been all of 1 block into Mexico, I headed to TJ and crossed with just the usual registration checks, no mention of the tires.
 

Chris_Wilson

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I crossed San Ysidro a couple hours ago and it cost me $200 pesos per tire as an import tax. Have to go to bank then to customs but bank is right there. Not sure hours of bank.

Go to Otay Mesa where secretary of tourism has made arrangements to assist Norra racers. I think you can import 4 race tires before paying the taxes.


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ICR Racing 1044

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yea they get us every time we cross too, along with extra fuel, they actually made us turn around and dump or fuel on to the ground before crossing again!!

now we just distribute tired between all vehicles and hide them
 

JDDurfey

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Why don't you guys crossing with fuel install extra tanks on your trucks so it doesn't look like you are carrying extra fuel? There are several companies that build a tool box/fuel tank combo that could be very easily modified to carry some extra fuel with out screaming "tax me" Throw some empty cans in the back of the truck to fill and use once you are down here and the "import cops" will be thrown off they the empty cans.
 

Ilovebaja

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I wonder if you can get a temporary permit at the Mexican consulate like the ones some people get when taking appliances or moving back with all the furniture so they don't have to pay the taxes.
 

Baja Bryan

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I wonder if you can get a temporary permit at the Mexican consulate like the ones some people get when taking appliances or moving back with all the furniture so they don't have to pay the taxes.
Can be done but expansive and you need to get a customs broker to do the paperwork them permit from government.
 

ONE_RJ

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Our team just crossed at Otay with 3 trucks with trailers loaded to the hilt. No issues if you have paperwork, the more the better.


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