Mail to Mexico

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General Information. 2

Prohibitions. 2

Restrictions. 2

Observations. 2

Envelopes. 3

First Class Mail International 3

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope. 3

Express Mail International 3

Packages. 4

Priority mail international 4

Express Mail international 4

USPS Services. 5

Online. 5

Other services available at your post office. 5

Called2serve.com.. 6


General Information

By all accounts, it is difficult to mail packages to Mexico. Many never make it, according to things I’ve read from the past (articles posted 1996-2004, I’ve found very little more recent). The United States Postal Service says it is improving and even insures some packages now. The church has a pouch system for letters and packages. If you want to send a package yourself, though, here’s how. We’ll try a few letters and see if it is better.

Prohibitions

·        Ammunition, firing caps, and loaded metal cartridges for portable firearms.

·        Coins; banknotes; currency notes (paper money); securities payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, or silver, manufactured or not; precious stones; jewelry; and other such valuable articles.

·        Meat and products derived from pork.

·        Perishable confectionery, pastries, fruit, and vegetables.

·        Perishable infectious biological substances.

·        Perishable noninfectious biological substances.

·        Pistols and other devices for emitting tear gas.

·        Radioactive materials.

·        Tickets, lists, and circulars for foreign lotteries.

·        Works infringing copyrights covering Mexico.

Restrictions  

·        Chocolate and products made of chocolate require prior authorization from the Mexican Secretary of Commerce.

·        Medicinal products, beauty products, cosmetics, and toilet articles are admitted only by prior approval of the Department of Public Health in Mexico.

Observations  

1.      Goods whose commercial value exceed U.S. $70 dollars should be accompanied by a commercial invoice.

Import permits or licenses are required for merchandise exceeding 5000 Mexican pesos. Approximately $460.

 

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Envelopes

First Class Mail International

and

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope

·        Send letters, post cards, and small packages 4 pounds and under

·        Not insured, or insurable

·        Undelivered mail is abandoned

·        Does not need customs declaration form if less than 16 ounces and nothing of monetary value inside

·        If value less than $400 attach customs form 2976 ( can be printed or ordered for free from USPS web site)

·        Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope is priced at $9 (9”x12” Cardboard) and can be up to 4 pounds

·        Postcards and Postal Cards $0.69

·         

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Rate

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Rate

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Rate

1

$0.69

 

12

$5.10

 

44

$16.30

2

1.12

 

16

6.50

 

48

17.70

3

1.55

 

20

7.90

 

52

19.10

4

1.98

 

24

9.30

 

56

20.50

5

2.41

 

28

10.70

 

60

21.90

6

2.84

 

32

12.10

 

64

23.30

7

3.27

 

36

13.50

 

 

 

8

3.70

 

40

14.90

 

 

 

Express Mail International

·        3-5 day delivery, $22 for flat rate envelope

·        $100 automatic insurance

·        Customs – no declaration for correspondence, business letters BUT write next to mailing label “Business Papers”

·        Customs – Other items, include a 2976-A inside of a 2976-E declaration envelope

·        Tracking Available

 

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Packages

Priority mail international

·        Flat-Rate Box: $23.00 (use box provided by USPS)

·        Maximum weight of flat rate box is 20 pounds

·        Maximum weight otherwise is 44 pounds

·        Priority Mail Int. Flat Rate Envelope $9 see information under envelopes above

·        Insurance provided free based on weight

·        Customs – Must have a 2976-A in a 2976-E attached regardless of value

Express Mail international

·        Flat rate envelope $22

·        No flat rate box

·        $100 insurance included, extra available

·        Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

·        Customs – Must have a 2976-A in a 2976-E attached regardless of value

·        Maximum length: 36 inches

·        Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

·        Tracking Available

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Rate

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Rate

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Rate

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Rate

0.5

$22.00

 

12

61.70

 

23

90.30

 

34

118.90

1

25.50

 

13

64.30

 

24

$92.90

 

35

121.50

2

30.00

 

14

66.90

 

25

95.50

 

36

124.10

3

34.50

 

15

69.50

 

26

98.10

 

37

126.70

4

39.00

 

16

72.10

 

27

100.70

 

38

129.30

5

43.50

 

17

74.70

 

28

103.30

 

39

131.90

6

46.10

 

18

77.30

 

29

105.90

 

40

134.50

7

48.70

 

19

79.90

 

30

108.50

 

41

137.10

8

51.30

 

20

82.50

 

31

111.10

 

42

139.70

9

53.90

 

21

85.10

 

32

113.70

 

43

142.30

10

56.50

 

22

87.70

 

33

116.30

 

44

144.90

11

59.10

 

 

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USPS Services

Online

http://www.usps.com/ - From here you can:

·        Under “Shipping tools”, Click on “click n ship” to print prepaid address labels and forms, or click on “print a label” found on almost any page.  Printing online will save from 5% – 10% of fees.

·        Free boxes, envelopes and forms, click on the arrow by “Supplies” or go to http://shop.usps.com/

·        Click on Schedule pickup to have your express or priority packages or envelopes pickup at your address. All international packages must be handed directly to your letter-carrier at your pickup location and must bear that return address.

·        http://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/ - print customs forms online (you will still need the customs envelope to attach to your package)

·        http://ircalc.usps.gov/ - rate calculator

 

 

Other services available at your post office

International Postal Money Order

Use MO Form MP1

Maximum Amount Available: $700 Fee: $3.85

 

Registered Mail

Fee: $10.15

Available for First-Class Mail International, including postcards and postal cards

 

Return Receipt

Fee: $2.15

Available for registered mail only

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Called2serve.com

called2serve.com

I just found this. They have a good reputation and have more to offer than dearelder.com. Including the free delivery of internet letters and pictures to the MTC (too late though, for us.

This is from their website: called2serve.com

 

Care Package Express Mexican Delivery Service
Through a partnership with Care Package Express, based out of San Antonio, Texas, we are able to provide specialized delivery services for Mexico Mission Office bound packages. The average delivery time using this service is 10-30 days. Import taxes are paid for you and are included in the shipping costs you pay during checkout. The average shipping cost including import taxes is around $21.00, and your package will be guaranteed to arrive in tact and without delay. Here is a step by step overview of how this ship method works:

1.      Select Care Package Express shipping method during order checkout

2.      Your package is shipped to Care Package Express every Tuesday

3.      On Saturday, Care Package Express delivers your package to the border, passes your package through customs, pays import taxes, and hands your package off to a Mexican domestic delivery service

4.      Your package is delivered to the mission office within 10-30 days

5.      Your package is delivered to the missionary as soon as possible

Feel free to email us if you have any questions about this service.

To track packages sent by this service, please contact Care Package Express directly:

Care Package Express
PMB #221
11765 West Ave. San Antonio, TX 78216-2559
Telephone: (210) 499-0000
Fax: (210) 499-0050

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