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Mexico Streamlining Bureaucracy

June 30, 2014 – San Diego, CA

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As this file shot from a recent Baja Ha-Ha rally reminds us, hundreds of boats typically head south to Mexico each fall. Recent initiatives by Mexican government agencies will make immigration and boat importation easier this season. Photo Latitude / Andy
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As many visitors to the recent Progressive San Diego International Boat Show learned, several agencies of the Mexican Government have taken important steps to streamline both immigration procedures for visitors and the temporary importation of pleasure craft.

As you'll see, the system outlined below should eliminate all the confusion that led to last winter's foreign boat-impoundment fiasco. The following is taken, verbatim, from a presentation by the Mexican agencies, SAT and Hacienda, at the show.

Main Vessel Changes

1) For a foreign-built vessel to legally be in Mexico, it must either be permanently imported or temporarily imported. 

 2) Vessels allowed to be Imported with a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) are recreational and sports vessels, such as boats, yachts or sailboats that are more than four and a half meters long, including the trailer for its transportation.

3) The process to obtain a Temporary Import Permit for a vessel can be made by the owner or by any person on his/her behalf. If it is done by a third party he/she must present a letter issued by the owner giving power of attorney, along with a non-certified copy of owner’s official picture ID. In either case the owner is considered the importer.

4) The person applying must show proof of identity with a simple copy of any official picture ID and in the case he/she is the Captain, the Seaman’s Book. 

5) The applicant must show proof of property or possession of the vessel and of the trailer, if applicable, and present a non-certified copy of any of the following documents that have the vessel’s information (name, builder, model year, type, the hull ID number (HIN) and registration or documentation number):

  • Invoice or Bill of Sale, in the importer’s name.
  • Charter or leasing agreement in the importer’s name, with a letter by the owner authorizing the temporarily importation of the vessel to the country. 
  • Title. 
  • Current certificate of registration issued by the competent authority.

6) A payment of $51 dollars plus tax to Banjército ( if it is done in person at any of their CIITEV units or $45 dollars plus tax if it is done over the Internet. 

7) In addition to the hull, the vessel includes the machinery, equipment and fixed or mobile accessories used for its navigation, ornamentation and operation. Considered mobile accessories of the vessel are jet skis, dinghies (including their trailers), motorcycles, three-wheelers, quads or recreational vehicles, as well as a helicopter for private use. The importer must show ownership and fill out the form “List of mobile accessories of the temporarily imported vessel,” which Banjército will provide.

8) A new Temporary Importation Permit may be requested by the importer for the same vessel for another ten-year period as long as the process is being made within 45 days prior to the expiration date of the current permit, by Internet at, or in any of the CIITEV units without the need to present the vessel.

9) During the life of the Temporary Importation Permit, it is allowed to verify and change the information of the vessel or the importer´s data, if there are errors.

Improvements in Control Systems

An internal web page was created in order to allow the customs personnel and other authorities to access the official database to verify Temporary Import Permits.

The form “Register of the temporary importation of merchandise destined to maintenance and repair of the temporarily imported vessel” was created.

Simple copies of the documentation showing proof of ownership or possession are accepted.

Improvements were made in the permit in order to allow the distinction between the owner and the person doing the importation if it is done by a third person.

Other improvements were to include: the name of the vessel, the vessel’s Hull Identification Number, the vessel’s registration or documentation number, its make and model year as well as information regarding the dinghy and trailer, if applicable.

Modification of Banjército´s online system will be made to allow the Temporary Import Permit to be mailed to an address in Mexico, and to allow one owner or importer to have more than one vessel temporarily imported at the same time.

A link was placed on SAT´s web page to an english language page that explains the basic information regarding Temporary Importation of Vessels:

 And a mobile APP “Paisano” was released that allows users to temporarily import vessels from their mobile units.

Modification of the Temporary Import Permit format to include better vessel ID

The new receipts issued by Banjercito have clear info about the vessel and its owner. © 2018 Banjercito, Mexico

- latitude / andy

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

June 30, 2014 –

This weekend's weather was arguably some of the best we've seen this summer and it was a spectacular opportunity to get out on the Bay. Saturday's late-morning flood wasn't what the singlehanders wanted when they set sail for Hanalei Bay, Kauai in the Singlehanded TransPac race. But it made for remarkably flat water and a stunning departure out the Golden Gate. 

Ken Roper's Harrier exits the Bay. This is Ken's 13th Singlehanded TransPac Race. Photo Latitude / Ross
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Of the 20 participants there have already been a few retirements. Jak Mang's Ingrid 38 Maitreya had electronics issues before getting out the Gate and then a handful of equipment failures forced him back to Berkeley. Jak is hoping to restart as soon as his electronics are fixed and the current is favorable.

David Herrigel's Domino lost her rudder a day into the Singlehanded TransPac Race. David is fine and slowly heading to Monterey. Photo Latitude / Ross
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David Herrigel's Wilderness 30 Domino suffered a broken rudder in 22 knots of wind and 8-ft swells. The conditions are too rough to install his emergency rudder so he's using drogues to steer until conditions improve and is in contact with the Coast Guard as he heads toward Monterey.

Michael Jefferson on board his 42-ft Mouton Noir has retired for health reasons, citing exhaustion, but is otherwise okay. Kevin Jones' Capri 25 Back Beat has suffered equipment failure and has returned to port.  

Rick Elkins is moving along nicely on his Wylie 39 Lightspeed and presently in first place overall. You can follow the latest developments and track the fleet's progress here online. Also note the News section, where updates are posted.

- latitude / ross

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Keeping a Weather Eye

June 30, 2014 – Pacific Coast of Mexico

Mariners transiting Mexico's Pacific coast are keeping their eyes on two tropical storms that are currently circulating offshore. 

This wind speed probability map from NOAA confirms that Tropical Storm Elida could definitely be troublesome, especially since it is currently moving closer to shore. © 2018 NOAA

The more troubling of the two is Tropical Storm Elida, which was roughly 100 miles south of Manzanillo early this morning, traveling NW (toward shore) at 10 knots, with maximum sustained winds of 43 knots. 

The second storm is of much less concern, at least in it's current position. Earlier this morning Tropical Storm Douglas was roughly 500 nm WSW of Puerto Vallarta and 175 nm WSW of Socorro Island, traveling to the NW at 8 knots, with maximum sustained winds of 35 knots.

- latitude / andy

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