Certificate for Household Goods List (menaje de casa) for temporary and permanent resident
Temporary or permanent visa/card holders (including students with temporary resident visa/card) that are travelling to Mexico to start their residence and will bring with them their household goods, have the right to apply for an exemption from foreign trade tax. In order to do so, a Consular Certificate for the list of Household Goods must be processed at the Embassy.
What is included in Household Goods?
According to Custom Law regulation, household goods are classified as the following used goods (new household goods must be bought at least 6 months in advance to importing them to Mexico):
· Furniture, clothing, linen and appliances that are exclusively and properly for the ordinary use of a family
· Clothing, books, bookshelves, works of art or science that do not constitute complete collections for the installation of exhibitions or art galleries
· Scientific instruments of professionals, and tools of workers and craftsmen as long as they are essential for the development of their profession, art or craftsmanship (they cannot constitute complete collections for the installation of laboratories, clinics or workshops).
· For journalists only, items necessary for the practice of journalism in print, radio or television.
What is not included in Household Goods?
Household Goods do not include goods which have been used overseas for commercial or industrial purposes, nor those which may be regulated under the Federal Vehicle Registry Act. It is not acceptable to import tax-free motor vehicles under household goods.
Who can apply for a Certificate of the list of Household Goods?
Temporary residents and temporary student residents holding a valid Mexican visa or temporary resident card can apply for a temporary importation of household goods.
Permanent resident visa or card holders can apply for a definitive importation of household goods, in similar conditions as Mexican citizens returning Mexico to reside.
Visitors cannot be exempted from the importation of taxes for Household goods.
Permanent residents can only request the certificate to the Household Goods list in the following circumstances, for which there are no exceptions:
a. The passenger brings or carries household goods with him or her when starting their residence in Mexico.
b. The household goods arrive or leave within three months of entry or arrival of the passenger when he/she started their residence in Mexico.
c. The household goods arrive up to 6 months after the date of arrival in Mexico when the applicant started their residence in Mexico.
Your residency begins on the day your permanent resident card is issued.
1. Letter of request for Household Goods.
You must state your current address in Australia and the address of the place where you will be residing in Mexico. Temporary and permanent residents must also include the following:
a) Temporary residents: your written commitment to return your household goods outside of Mexico once your residence is over and that you will inform the customs authorities if you change your address while you are living in Mexico. You can follow this model.
b) Permanent residents: the written confirmation that you have not applied for the certificate of Household Goods in the last fiscal year. You can follow this model.
2. Valid Mexican Temporary or Permanent Resident card or visa. The issue date of the visa or card cannot exceed six months.
3. An official photo ID, such as:
· Current Passport
· Valid Australian driving license, or
· Valid and current Australian identification
4. Packing list of Household Items signed by the applicants.
The list should contain a detailed description of the goods and their quantity. In the case of electronic items, brand, model and serial number must be included. The following model can be used.
You can request the appointment by phone or by email (). Clearly state at least three options of dates in which you could attend to the appointment at the embassy.
2. Submit documents in person
On the day of the appointment, you must bring four pieces of original documentation and you must pay the cost for the Household Goods application in exact change and in cash (credit or debit cards are not accepted).
The certificate for Household goods will be processed, paid and issued on the same day of your appointment. Once it is issued, it must be signed by the applicant
· All consular fees must be paid in cash, exact amount. Credit and/or debit cards are not accepted.
Other Important Information
On the day of the appointment, three sets of documentation and certificates will be given to you while the fourth piece of documentation will remain at the Embassy. Of the three certificates, you must give one to the moving company, the other to Customs in Mexico (via your customs broker) and the third will remain for your personal file.
If you are unable to visit the Consular Office to request a certificate for Household Goods, you may appoint a representative through public deed or a simple power of attorney letter (it is essential that two witnesses sign the letter and that they provide pieces of valid identification), so your representative can make the necessary steps to apply for and obtain the certificate for household items. The representative must come to the Embassy with all the required documents to get the Certificate of Household Goods.
If you request the certificate by presenting only your temporary/permanent visa, you will be required to show your permanent/temporary resident card in Mexico for the customs broker to be able to retrieve your items.
Once the itemised list has been certified by the embassy, it cannot be modified. Make sure that all items are including on the list. If they are not, you will be required to pay the corresponding taxes by the customs authorities.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
I will apply for a temporary/permanent resident visa. Can I apply for the certificate on the same day of the visa appointment?
No. Temporary/permanent visas are issued up to 5 days after the consular interview is held. The certificate cannot be processed unless the visa has been issued. However, on the day of the consular interview you can leave at the embassy all necessary documents for the certificate (including the consular fee). If the visa is granted, the certificate will be processed and you will be able to sign it and collect it on the same day that you collect your visa.
If the visa is not granted, the documents and the fee for the menaje will be returned to you when you collect your passport.
I am a permanent resident and started living in Mexico a year ago, but never requested the menaje since my household items were still in Australia. Can I apply for it now?
No. Permanent residents can only request certificate in the same specific time frames that apply to Mexican citizens returning to Mexico to reside, for which there are no exceptions. Refer to the information above to learn more about this time frame.
Can the embassy send the certificate directly to Mexican customs?
No. You will need to hire a customs broker to follow the process in Mexico. In some cases, the same transportation company that will transport your belongings to Mexico have customs brokers to do this process. It is important that you confirm with your transportation company if they also do this process. Otherwise, you will need to hire a customs broker.
I was a permanent resident of Mexico but returned to Australia. I want to go to Mexico to live again as a permanent resident. Can I request a certificate again?
If you have been living outside of Mexico for at least two consecutive years, you can request a new certificate, if you have received a new permanent resident visa or card.
If this is your second certificate, you will need to present a written letter with the petition of import of your last menaje, manifesting under oath that the information is truthful. If you do not have a copy of the petition of import, you can include a letter with this information. These documents will be included with the rest of the requirements for your new menaje.
I’m unable to travel to Canberra to request the certificate. Can someone else request it on my behalf?
Yes. You must sign a simple letter granting authorisation to someone else to request the certificate on your behalf. The letter must be signed by you, the person who you are granting the authorisation to and two witnesses. You can follow this model.
Four copies of the letter and of the copies of the ID of everyone who signed the letter, must be shown on the day of the appointment along with the rest of the documentation required to apply for the menaje.
Embassy of Mexico in Australia
+61 (02) 6273 3963.