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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2018 08:45 pm
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What is this TIP?  I have seen it used regarding sailboat purchases and sales and now regarding vehicles and entry permits.  Haven't searched yet- sorry for being lazy today.  Anyone have the short answer?

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Temporary import permit. The main issue is boats as the marinas and storage yards require this documentation in order to rent a slip or store the boat. TIP required for ATVs and motorhomes have fluctuated. Lately, ATVs on trailers have not been an issue, not sure about motorhomes and travel trailers.

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Thanks Richard.  Who/how is the permit cost established?  Are 3/4 ton pickups with personal gear taxed or need a TIP?  How long is TIP good for?

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Boat TIP is good for 10 years. Same for RVs.

Car/trucks are 6 months. You don't need one to go to SC unless you are carrying bikes or atvs (and from what Hook is saying that has "maybe" been relaxed). If you go South of SC or East of a certain point in Sonora you need a TIP for your vehicle. It's basically a bond, of about $400. They give it back to you when you turn in the permit.

I have one for my boat, can't remember the cost, but didn't seem like much.

TIP for boats is required in Baja, but nothing for trucks even when bringing bikes.

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Thanks for the responses and clarifications.

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Yo be clear, your regular vehicle and gear do not require a TIP or permit in the no hassle zone (From border to South of Empalme). They have not been requiring TIP for ATVs/Motorcycles on a trailer but you may be asked for ownership docs. Not sure about motorhomes and travel trailers. If you are bringing a lot of stuff you may be asked to pay a fee. The fee is not a duty or tariff, it is the IVA (sales tax) which I think is 16%. If you are not bringing appliances, furniture, big electronics, tires, cases of booze etc you should have no worries. Enjoy your trip.

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RichD wrote: They have not been requiring TIP for ATVs/Motorcycles on a trailer but you may be asked for ownership docs.
For sure they are going to stop you at the red light / green light and ask for registrations and compare them to the atv/bike vins.  Happens 100% of the time, at least in my experiences.  Takes like 3-5 mins.

At K21 they use to stop you and check for a TIP if you had bikes.  They haven't done it lately, but I've still gotten one the last couple times down.  One time they did ask me for the TIP at the check point above Hermosillo.  This was like 3-4 years ago though.

I'll probably try to roll w/o one next time.


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I'll only be driving a 3/4 ton pick up with some camping/road gear.  Not planning on hauling or any heavy loads.  This is checking it out for a longer perspective.  Catch some sun and beach time.  I'll be sure to have ownership papers prepared.  Thank again.

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There is one point that may have been missed.  If you do get a TIP, you MUST turn it in before it expires.  If you don't you will never be able to get another one, EVER.  The Mexicans are fairly casual about tourist visas but they are not casual about TIPs. 

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I'd seen that mentioned in a sailboat sale transaction thread.  Critically useful info thanks.  My first venture down to SC will be strictly a tourista look see.  My Spanish is pretty good and I'd like to get the lay of the land to see if SC is a viable retirement option- the endgame for which is still hanging in the wind of indecision so I'll be packing light this first time through.  Thanks for the heads up though- that sailboat ended up as  major headache for someone who couldn't get rid of it.

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