Boaters can cancel Temporary Import Permits, for specific reasons, beginning Oct. 11 in Los Angeles.
MEXICO CITY — Boaters seeking to cancel Temporary Import Permits (TIP) associated with vessels previously in Mexico can do so in person during the next few weeks, as officials from south of the border will be visiting five cities between Oct. 11 and Nov. 10 to process such cancellation requests.
Members of the Mexican consulate will visit, in order, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Sacramento and Chicago during the 30-day cancellation campaign.
Association of Mexican Marinas President Enrique Salcedo stated the TIP cancellation campaign aims to assist boaters seeking to cancel permits due to change of ownership, permit expiration or any other reason (for vessels outside of Mexico).
Customs authorities will be on hand to cancel import permits at the following consulates:
- Los Angeles, Oct. 11-12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2401 West Sixth Street
- Dallas, Texas, 13-15, 3 to 6 p.m. (Friday) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), 1210 River Bend
- Houston, Texas, Oct. 25-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4507 San Jacinto Street
- Sacramento, Nov. 2-3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2096 Arena Boulevard
- Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 8-10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 204 S. Ashland Avenue.
Those seeking to cancel their TIPs should bring the following original documents with them to the consulate:
- Change of Ownership: U.S.C.G. Certificate of Documentation of Bill of Sale with name of new proprietor, for vessels physically sold outside of Mexico;
- Stolen or damaged vessel outside of Mexico: Written report from law enforcement agency, with information indicating where the incident occurred;
- Permit expired outside of Mexico: Original exit document issued by Port Captain or a Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement issued by Department of Homeland Security.
“In all cases you need to present original import permit or letter indicating permit is misplaced or lost and sign under oath,” Salcedo said in a statement announcing the cancellation campaign.
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 does not automatically cancel or transfer upon sale of the vessel. Boaters who purchased vessels and traveled to Mexico with a TIP under the previous owner’s name have ran into issues with Mexican authorities, according to previous reports in The Log.
Mexican authorities could impound vessels without up-to-date TIPs.
Mexico ramped up TIP enforcement in 2014, when the government announced immigration officials from south of the border would require American boaters to have proper paperwork in their possession whenever they navigated into Mexican waters.
TIPs, which are required for every foreign vessel measuring 15 feet on longer, can only be cancelled with original paperwork in hand.
Officials and marina operators who regularly deal with navigations to Mexico previously told The Log there have been limited complications involving U.S. boaters who travel into Mexican waters. Boaters have apparently become accustomed to the bureaucratic process, according to The Log’s previous reporting.
The consulate visits offer boaters an ideal opportunity for boaters to make their vessels current.
Parimal M. Rohit photo