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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Do I Need to Import My Vehicle into Mexico?

Depending on your plans, you might need to import your car into Mexico. Whether it is permanent or temporary, the importation process has to follow the existing procedure implemented by the General Administration of Customs in Mexico (Aduana). Those who drive their vehicles within the border zone (roughly 12.50 miles/20 km. south of the border) do not have to worry about importation requirements. Additionally, The Free Trade Zone, which is all of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora as far south as San Carlos/Guaymas are exempt from the importation process, meaning you do not have to import your vehicles if you are in or traveling in the above areas. However, foreigners who plan to go beyond San Carlos/Guaymas have to obtain an importation permit, temporary or permanent.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Keep Your Pet Safe

Beware: Insecticides and Plants can be Fatal to Pets. During spring and summer, it's all about your house and garden, and unfortunately, for those of you with small breed dogs and puppies, you should be aware there can be serious health problems resulting from the ingestion of insecticides and various plants.

Small dogs, puppies and kittens that are most vulnerable, with very tiny young immune systems that absolutely do not tolerate toxins, such as insecticides and some very popular, innocent looking plants.

Stargazing at Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory

The Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory is part of the National Astronomical Observatory that is in turn operated by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The history of the National Astronomical Observatory goes back to the 19th century when its first telescope was placed on the balcony of Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City. Over the centuries, this modest start gradually led to the facilities that exist today at the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory.
The three telescopes in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir came into existence once the previous location from Tonantzintla, Puebla became too polluted for astronomical studies. The first 0.84 m (33 in) telescope was built at the end of the 60s, and it was followed by a second 1.52 m (60 in) telescope in 1970. The 2.12 m (83 in) telescope was installed between 1974 and 1979, and it is today the largest optical telescope in Mexico. Apart from the three telescopes, the observatory facilities include a library, computer room, recreation areas, and cabins for staff and visiting astronomers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

South Dakota Auto Licensing: Out of State Registration

South Dakota Auto Licensing
Out of State Registration
By Jen Keehn - June 2015

South Dakota makes it easy for out-of-staters (and many expats) to attain plates without proof of insurance or the smog tests that many states require. Not only are plates easy and affordable to attain, but just as easy to renew.
The renewal fees for tags don’t cost much and don’t require proof of insurance or smog certification. If you've got a vehicle that doesn’t cross the border back to the US, there’s no reason to continue to hold US auto insurance just so you can get your tags renewed.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Buy Mexican Auto Insurance?

Why Buy Mexican Insurance?
U.S. and Canadian auto insurance policies are not recognized in Mexico; only policies from a Mexican insurance company are. Each Mexican state sets potential civil and criminal liability amounts a driver would be responsible for in case of a fatality or fatalities to others. The liability amount may be as high as U.S. $300,000 per fatality or more depending upon the state you are traveling in. Read more about the law.
A Mexican Insurance policy greatly reduces the financial burden you might come by after an accident and may reduce jail time.

Under Mexican law, motorists are required to have insurance, or "proof of financial responsibility", in the event of an accident, even if you are not at fault. As a foreigner traveling in Mexico, the only way of demonstrating this financial responsibility is to have sufficient real currency to cover damages, or an insurance policy from a Mexican company. U.S. or

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mexican Wills - A Must Have for Expats

Mexican Wills - A “Must” for Anyone with Assets in Mexico

by Kristy Deegan / Originally published - May 22, 2010 / Updated 2016

If a spouse dies, and there are no children, the court will search for heirs for the spouse's 50 percent in the following order: parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins. If there are children, the court would rule equal percent to surviving spouse and children. If there were two sons, the two sons and the spouse would each get an equal part of the ownership.

In general, in the United States there is a right of survivor-ship when a death occurs. The United States law provides for a joint will for the married couple. Many married couples have a joint Will, living trust, family trust or the like. When one partner dies under these circumstances, the “property” (all belongings, homes, land, etc.) is passed on to the designated parties with relative ease.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mexico Invests $1.5 bn into Farming

Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Agricultural firms are set to invest US $1.5 billion this year in modernization and development, says the president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA). Industry association expects to maintain double-digit growth.

In an interview with the newspaper Milenio, Bosco de la Vega Valladolid said the investment would focus on boosting protected farming, such as greenhouses, pressurized irrigation systems, revamping of storage facilities and logistics and certification strategies. De la Vega said the boom being experienced by the industry — with exports worth almost US $30 billion a year — has attracted entrepreneurs from other industries who are eager to capitalize on it. Commenting on international trade issues, he said it was more important than ever to complete a favorable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) given the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spring Forward Baja Time Change

Daylight Saving Time (also called SPRING FORWARD and Spring Time) Starts:
 * Baja California - March 12, 2017
 * Baja California Sur - Apr. 2, 2017
At 2:00:00 AM or before you go to bead; turned your forward 1 hour. There will bea little less light in the morning than the day before..

Ten Mexico municipalities which share a border with the United States; begin daylight saving time three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. The Congress of Mexico passed legislation in December 2009 which allowed these ten border cities to adopt a daylight saving time pattern consistent with the United States. The municipalities which are now permitted by law to observe daylight saving time consistent with the United States are:

Your Pet's Trauma on Race Weekends

Help for Getting your Pets through the Trauma of Race Weekends!
By Steven Forman

With the Baja 250, 500, 1000 and many other off-road racing event each year, I thought it might be  appropriate to discuss some of the problems local street dogs and pets face when it comes to extremely fast moving vehicles and loud noise. It’s no secret, of course, that dogs everywhere are scared to death of fireworks and other loud noises, such as race vehicles, ATVs and fireworks.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in dog psych to know that one of the most stressful times for our animals down here is when the community is overrun with race enthusiasts. I’m not all that crazy about it myself, but it’s far more unnerving for our furry friends.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Calafia is a Historic Landmark

Pirates, Queens and Buried Treasure
By Martina  * Photos by Christina Escoto
Source: Baja Bound Insurance

Brilliant white sunlight, like a shimmering halo, moves across the surface of the Pacific to the horizon. It is nearly impossible to look directly into its beauty. Except for the wind, there is a deeper quiet than just the absence of visitors to the Calafia’s Historical Monument. From the patio today is seen, a fisherman brazenly pushing his outboard motor to the max, while the bow of the panga cuts the white caps, leaping forward into the rough seas. The panorama is stunning beauty in a historic setting where movies were made, pirates once sailed, a mythical queen ruled and digging for buried treasure still goes on.

The Calafia Point and the cultural historic landmark are rich in history, making this an enjoyable stop on your journey a few minutes south of Rosarito Beach.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mexico's Gas Storage and Distribution Challenge

Gasoline supplies at ‘crisis’
Mexico News Daily | Saturday, January 14, 2017
Source: SIPSE (sp), Excélsior (sp), BBC Mundo (sp)

Mexico is going through a gasoline supply crisis due to the fact that there are no more than three days’ worth of inventory, the Energy Secretary warned yesterday.

Appearing before the Permanent Commission of Congress, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said that while Mexico is creating a robust and competitive market for gasoline, supplies remain at a risky 7% of the capacity recommended under international standards.

Coldwell said storage and distribution infrastructure has not kept pace with demand during the last 13 years, during which time Mexico’s gasoline consumption has soared to the point where it is now the world’s fourth largest consumer, moving up from eighth largest.