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Once again the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha is strongly urging people not to buy boats that have current Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) for Mexico, and/or didn’t properly clear out of Mexico. If you have bought such a boat, as at least five people who have entered the Ha-Ha have done, you’ve saddled yourself with a potentially big and expensive problem. Indeed, the Poobah would make it a condition of any boat purchase that the owner 1) Certify that the boat does not have an active Temporary Import Permit, and 2) Have proof the boat properly cleared out of Mexico, assuming she was ever taken there. No boat can have two TIPs!

Before you set sail for sunny Mexico, make sure your new-to-you boat is TIP-free.

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If you’ve already bought a boat with a TIP and no proper proof of leaving Mexico, the Poobah advises contacting Fito at Marina Coral in Ensenada. He’s done a lot of work with Ensenada officials there on just these problems.


1 Comment

  1. Ken Morton 6 years ago

    I have been paying storage for two years on a 36 foot sailboat that I can not sell or use in Mexico because the previous owner lost the 20 year permit and my 10 year tip is now expired,Aduana will not issue a tip if you dont turn in the old one and the expired 10 yr tip,I could use any help to resolve this situation. The yacht sales company that I bought the boat from has gone out of business and offers no help.

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