SHIPPING TO MEXICO

For businesses looking to expand their global reach, Mexico can provide countless opportunities, just at the doorstep to the U.S. In fact, Mexico is the second largest importer of goods from the United States.

Whether you are shipping heavy equipment, machinery, electronics, art, antiques, or furniture, Pack and Post is your US to Mexico shipping company! We have been shipping to Mexico for 30 years, and we know our business!

Our US-MEXICO Shipping Services

  • Fast Shipping Quotes
  • Freight Shipping – Save up to 75%!
  • Packing and Crating
  • Small Parcel Shipping
  • Insurance
  • Consulting

Need to ship something inside Mexico, from Mexico to the US, or from Mexico to another international destination? We can handle that too!

Items we can ship to Mexico

  • Heavy Equipment – including construction, mining, farm equipment, and more
  • Machinery and Electronics
  • Art and Antiques
  • Household goods and personal effects
  • Furniture
  • You name it!

Shipping Companies – Parcel Couriers

Here is a list of companies that ship small parcels to Mexico. Each company has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different rules and requirements. Let Pack and Post help you select the best carrier for your particular shipment.

FedEx

FedEx is a great choice for shipping items to any (or all) of the 31 Mexican states.

Shipping services are handled through FedEx International, which provides shipping times of anywhere from one to five+ business days. Select postal codes within Mexico also offer delivery times as early as 11 a.m. For a full list of available shipping options to Mexico, including Flat Rate International Shipping, take a look at the International Shipping Services page.

Since each country has their own unique set of shipping guidelines, before sending your package, be sure to read Tips for Shipping to Mexico. Also, because some regions of Mexico are less accessible than others, check transit times first using the FedEx Delivery Calendar.

Do you need to ship to Mexico regularly? FedEx provides assistance with the preparation of customs documents through their Electronic Trade Documents service.

UPS

UPS offers a wide range of International shipping options, with delivery times ranging anywhere from two to five+ days. For emergency situations, they also provide Express Critical service, which will have your package in Mexico on the earliest available flight. Their basic service, UPS Standard, can be a good delivery option, and is comparable to FedEx Ground. Worldwide Express and Worldwide Saver are good options if you need faster delivery. They also include standard customs clearance. However, UPS charges any associated brokerage fees, duties, and taxes directly to the importer, so keep this in mind.

Be sure to check the UPS import guidelines before sending anything.

While UPS does not offer document assistance, they do provide an in-depth explanation of how to fill out some of the most common documents in their International Shipping Guide. UPS also offers several useful tools for managing your shipments to Mexico, including UPS TradeAbility and their free WorldShip software.

DHL

DHL has a great reputation when shipping items from the United States to a wide variety of international countries, especially Mexico. This is primarily because the company is actively partnered with Mexico’s customs department, which typically makes the transition much more smooth.

DHL offers three shipping options, based on how fast you need the items to arrive: Same Day, Time Definite, and Day Definite.

Depending on your shipment’s value, DHL could be a good choice due to their low brokerage/disbursement fee (2.5% of the declared value with a minimum of $7) according to this forum, which is lower than FedEx and UPS for many values. If you decide to ship to Mexico via DHL, make sure to check the Import Guidelines.

USPS

USPS can be another good choice for sending small parcels to Mexico, especially if you are shipping something light and inexpensive. First-Class International Parcel service is a really cheap option if your parcel is under 4 lbs, under $400 value, less than 24″ long, and with less than 36″ total length+depth+height. Normally, USPS shipments (even Priority Mail) are only tracked until they leave the US. According to this Ebay review, you can track your shipment through the Servicio Postal Mexicano (SEPOMEX) using the same USPS tracking number, usually after a 2-3 day delay.

If your parcel is between 4 and 20 lbs, Medium or Large Priority Mail International Flat Rate boxes may be a good choice . Also check regular Priority Mail International service (max length 79″ and max length plus girth 108″). If your parcel is large but light, this could be cheaper than the flat rate.

Express Mail (42″ max length, 79″ max length plus girth combined) is also an option for faster service. Up to 20 lbs, an Express Mail Flat Rate Box may be your ticket.

Be sure to check the Country Conditions for Mailing to Mexico before sending your package, or you may experience delays in delivery.

If you’d like additional information, here is a great overview.

LTL Freight Carriers

YRC

YRC is the only U.S. LTL shipping company with directly-owned Mexican operations. As a premier company, YRC provides Border Ambassadors, which, among numerous other benefits, provides continuous satellite tracking, making sure it arrives safely at its destination.

Before sending anything, be sure to read the YRC Time-Saving Tips and Frequently Asked Questions.

FedEx Freight

FedEx Freight Mexico is headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, with eight Gateway Service Centers in Otay Mesa, CA, Calexico, CA, Yuma, AZ, Nogales, AZ, El Paso, TX, Del Rio, TX, Laredo, TX, and Harlingen, TX.

Before shipping to Mexico with FedEx Freight, check out their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Make sure to get a Freight Quote from Pack and Post and compare to the FedEx Retail Rate!

UPS Freight

UPS Freight provides LTL freight shipping services to all parts of Mexico, and utilizes five gateway within the U.S., including Otay Mesa, CA, Nogales, AZ, Laredo, TX, El Paso, TX, and Brownsville, TX.

UPS Freight also provides full tracking information throughout the shipping process, as well as a wide variety of required forms, including a Bill of Lading, and a NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

Con-Way

Con-Way Freight has been shipping freight to Mexico for 20 years, under its two sister companies, CFI Logistica and Con-Way Truckload de Mexico.

Con-Way features six offices throughout Mexico, with a terminal facility in Laredo, Texas. Because of this, the company advertises that their cross-border presence helps to speed delivery through faster border crossings and knowledge of NAFTA regulations. For a full overview about shipping from the U.S. into Mexico, take a look at Con-Way’s Shipping to Mexico guide.

SAIA

SAIA provides 1 and 2-day LTL freight services to more than 150 destinations throughout Mexico through their partnership with Galher Express de CV.

Prior to shipping, be sure to download any Mexican International Forms.

Import Duties and Taxes

Shipment Value

Most Caribbean countries tax items that are intended to be sold within their borders. However, the region is a haven for duty-free shopping, which is primarily generated through tourism. Many countries include no taxes for liquor, chocolates, and perfumes.

Gift Shipments

Gift shipments valued under $300 are exempt from duties and taxes if carried on an individual via air, which decreases to less than $50 if carried into Mexico on an individual via land. Outside of these guidelines, anything valued greater than $1 is subject to all applicable duties and taxes.

Commercial Shipments

If your business ships more than $1,000 worth of goods to Mexico each year, you will need to contact a Customs Broker, which is an individual who has been licensed in Mexico to act as an importer. If your business ships more than $2,500 worth of goods into Mexico on an annual basis, you will be required to have a general or validated export license on file with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Value for Duties and Taxes

Depending on the ultimate destination of your Mexican shipment, a sales tax (known as VAT) of anywhere from 10-16% will be assessed on top of the stated value (cost of the product + insurance + freight). In addition, a customs processing fee of 0.8% will be applied.

NAFTA

Effective January 1, 2008, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) removed duties for goods made in and exported to the US, Canada, or Mexico. A certificate of origin is required to substantiate the claim of origin for goods over $2,500 value (this limit was just raised from $1,600 effective January 8, 2013). According to the US Trade Representative’s NAFTA Certificate of Origin FAQ, the commercial invoice must still certify that the goods meet the NAFTA origin requirements. Also see the NAFTA Rules of Origin for more information on requirements for “Made in USA” claims. Export.gov also has some good general information on NAFTA.

Customs Brokerage

Mail and Small Parcel Shipments

For any items subject to duty or tax, carriers will typically pass along their brokerage fees to the consumer.

UPS does not provide a flat fee schedule for shipments into Mexico, though their cost calculator can help you gauge your expenses prior to shipping.

When shipping to Mexico, FedEx rates are similar to those from UPS. See the Clearance Entry Fee and Ancillary Clearance Service Fee sections of the FedEx Fees schedule. The FedEx Advancement/Disbursement fee is 2% with a minimum of $6.50.

DHL only has Express services, and does not have a comparable service to UPS Standard or FedEx International Ground. Standard customs clearance is included for all shipments. DHL charges a 2.5% disbursement fee with a minimum of $7.00. This is not documented on their website.

Freight Shipments

Most US – Mexico freight carriers do not provide customs brokerage services. Instead, the importer typically hires a licensed customs broker to clear the shipment. FedEx Trade Networks and UPS Customs Broker are good choices when shipping with those carriers, or even when shipping with another carrier. We’ve been shipping goods to Mexico for a long time, so contact us if you have questions about hiring a Mexican Customs Broker.

Self-Clearing

Due to immense complexities in Mexican importation laws, unless you are only shipping a few small items with relatively low values, it is not recommended that you try clearing your shipment through customs yourself. Note that some freight carriers may require you to appoint a licensed broker prior to shipment booking or pickup.

If you do decide to self-clear items through Mexican Customs, a high-level overview can be found here.

US Export Requirements

Normally, the US requires an Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing (formerly known as a Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED)) through the Automated Export System for any shipment where the value of a single commodity is over $2,500, or for any commodity when an export license is required.

However, when shipping to Mexico, the EEI is not required, even if the value of a commodity is over $2,500, as long as the goods are not licensed and do not contain diamonds. See the US Customs and Border Protection article, When to apply for an EEI.

Additional requirements include a NAFTA certificate of origin, as well as pro forma and commercial invoices for businesses.

Tips to Save Money when Shipping to Mexico
  • Select the best shipping carrier based on each company’s specific strengths and pricing methods.
  • Make sure you have considered all duties, taxes, brokerage, and miscellaneous fees. For a fast, free estimate on shipping items to Mexico, contact us.
  • Check for any required licenses or permits and make sure that you are not shipping a prohibited item.
  • Consider having your item shipped to Mexico directly from the US manufacturer. If the manufacturer ships frequently, they already know the associated costs and pitfalls, and may be able to get you a great shipping rate.

Additional References

U.S.-Canada Cross-Border Business

Mexconnect.com – Documents Needed to Ship Your Product to Mexico.