Boaters can visit Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles to cancel Temporary Import Permits.
MEXICO CITY — Traveling to Mexico via boat is not always easy, especially if you just bought a used boat with the previous owner’s Temporary Import Permit (TIP) still attached.
Generally speaking the Mexican government has required boaters to cancel their TIPs before selling a boat to new ownership, as the permits are non-transferable and must be cancelled by the original permit-holder. A TIP cannot be cancelled by the new owners of a used boat. Only the original permit-holder can cancel the TIP issued to them.
In light of recent challenges the Mexican government has agreed to host a two-day event canceling permits issued to a vessel’s previous owner, the Mexican Association of Tourism Marinas (MATM) announced on Oct. 18.
“Due to recent difficulties in the process of canceling temporary import permits at the Banjercito office in the port of Ensenada, our Association has approached Customs authorities in Mexico City in the effort to simplify the cancelation process, MATM President Enrique Salcedo Fava said in a released statement. “We understand this problem has worried many boat owners planning to visit Mexico as they find themselves unable to cancel an existing TIP issued to a previous owner.”
Customs officials will be present at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles on Oct. 27 and 28 to cancel TIPs. The officials will be at the Banjercito window from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boaters must bring the original vessel documentation and a current passport to complete the process.
The Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles is located at 2401 West 6th Street, L.A., California 90057. The consulate can be reached by phone, 213-351-6800, or web.
A similar two-day event will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento (2093 Arena Boulevard) and again on Nov. 10 and 11 at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona (320 E. McDowell Road, #105). TIPs can be cancelled in person by visiting either consulate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the scheduled dates.
(Photo by Parimal M. Rohit)