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Big ticket items moving from Chetumal to Corozal; Fees? Taxes?

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narmani
2/1/2018 22:51 EST

Good Afternoon All,

With the discussion of buying items such as refrigerators, washers and dryers at the Home Deport in Chetumal, loading them on a truck and heading back to Corozal, I will ASSUME there is some compensation needed at the border. (Mexico or Belize's side)

Can someone who has dealt with this let me know what I might expect?

Same question for smaller items, such as floor tiles, paint and the like?

Thank you for any comments ...
narmani

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Kenubelizeit
2/2/2018 03:51 EST

You can make all these purchases fairly easy and in the convenience of your home or by physically being there. Just know that sometimes that although an item is listed as being there can take up to One month for delivery in Chetumal. Boxito in chetumal is the best place for plumbing and tiles in my opinion although there are other stores. Need more information feel free to email me.

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terrific
2/2/2018 04:24 EST

Do not know if any fees payable on Mexico side but likely to be 40% of price paid as duty into Belize, add in the cost of delivery vehicle, There are fees associated with taking a Belize registered vehicle into Mexico plus purchase of temporary Mexican insurance. Or a you can get a Mexican company to deliver across the border to Belize either way is not likely to be a very cheap deal. Add these into costs of buying "cheap"in Chetumal and then compare to Belize stores The savings are not as great as one imagines.
As I do not live close to the Mexican border the additional delivery costs for me I found would outweigh any initial savings on the purchase, When I was looking for quality ceiling fans. the price was lower in Mexico but knowing I would have to pay the customs duty and get them back to the center of Belize I decided to take my time. I later found a great deal on the exact model i had been looking at, back in Builders Hardware in Belmopan. the overall price worked out to be less than Mexico cost Plus 40% duty and just price of gas for my truck up to the border and back.

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terrific
2/2/2018 04:26 EST

Do not know if any fees payable on Mexico side but likely to be 40% of price paid as duty into Belize, add in the cost of delivery vehicle, There are fees associated with taking a Belize registered vehicle into Mexico plus purchase of temporary Mexican insurance. Or a you can get a Mexican company to deliver across the border to Belize either way is not likely to be a very cheap deal. Add these into costs of buying "cheap"in Chetumal and then compare to Belize stores The savings are not as great as one imagines.
As I do not live close to the Mexican border the additional delivery costs for me I found would outweigh any initial savings on the purchase, When I was looking for quality ceiling fans. the price was lower in Mexico but knowing I would have to pay the customs duty and get them back to the center of Belize I decided to take my time. I later found a great deal on the exact model i had been looking at, back in Builders Hardware in Belmopan. the overall price worked out to be less than Mexico cost Plus 40% duty and just price of gas for my truck up to the border and back.

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Kenubelizeit
2/2/2018 04:51 EST

All said is true but for being close to the border this is knowing who to contact you eliminate the hassle of having to get insurance and truck etc. You still end up with substantial savings by buying from Mexico. If you live in the West then you can compare prices from builders hardware Farmer's trading center Court's etc.

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5allan1
2/2/2018 07:48 EST

Buying appliances and other big ticket items in Belize runs the risk of quality control issues. That is because goods are let in that would be rejected elsewhere. So after a few months my washer leaked out the botton as did my water cooler. My split ac unit had a defective switch that let it run continually and so on. I bought an HDTV in Mexico and the taximan negotiated a deal with customs. He said “ a little bit for me, a lot less for the GOB”. Saved quite a bit.
Shop in Chetumal for autoparts at autozone, a sink at Home Depot, edible sour cream at Chedraui.
If you live in Consejo and have a boat smuggling is easy and a local custom.
You can make nice to customs ( preferably with a Belizean at your side) and ask them if they need anything for the family in Chetumal before you go. This was a very enjoyable part of my experience in a corrupt banana republic.

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mgammo
2/2/2018 10:17 EST

You are assuming correctly. No telling what the duty fees would be on such big ticket items. Maybe about 25% of the purchase price. It would be a lot....

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mgammo
2/2/2018 10:21 EST

If I need something in Chetumal, I send my Belizean friend in his vehicle to get it for me. It seems the "call" at the customs point is arbitrary. My neighbors are customs agents.........................

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belizelenny
2/2/2018 10:58 EST

Gongora Appliance store in corozal brings in quality appliances from the US.

Anything coming in from Mexico requires duty..

I have purchased many items for my home and restaurant at Gongora in Corozal Town.

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terrific
2/2/2018 14:39 EST

Hmm so basically the answer should be to bypass the legal import at all points. I am so stupid I thought that was the same as the corruption that so many posters decry about Belize. Pity Allan had such bad luck with all his appliances, mine all bought in Belize have been fine and all work great.

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bobbyveee
2/2/2018 15:06 EST

I never met a Belizian who wasnt on the fiddle one way or another, avoiding taxes was the number one pastime , and were talking small stuff compared to the gov. ministers who are ripping off millions and denying locals a faster growing infrastructure .

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5allan1
2/2/2018 17:13 EST

In terrific land the Belize government is effective and benevolent, the roads are as smooth as a babies arse, the internet is cheap, fast and you can stream 4 Netflix films off 6 computers simultaneously, health care is cutting edge, the education system cranks out Rhodes scholars, western dairies sour cream is first rate, and Belmopan is the centre of western culture,
And the trains run on time- always :)

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terrific
2/2/2018 17:43 EST

Trying to pay as little tax is normal for everyone but as an expat discussing how to smuggle stuff into a foreign country should not be excused with well others do worse.
Corruption is the same whatever the level. I Can say I have never been asked for or offered a bribe in the nearly 30 years traveling and living in Belize. Hey the very fact we expats can move to a different country Just because we want to is proof expats have enough money to pay the legal customs duties on the stuff they purchase just to import.
When we brought stuff from UK to USA it cost us a hefty customs bill and it was all our own used stuff. We wanted our stuff so paid the duty. I just paid duty of $10 last week on return to LAX from Belize as I brought more duty frees than the allowance. Stupidly Forgot if on my own its half the amount we bring through together.
I am sure when I picked up my bags I could have stuffed the extra box in my suit case before going through Customs, which would have no doubt met with the approval of some of our posters but i didn't .

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Mikxx
2/2/2018 17:48 EST

It is an interesting question but I guess there is no definite answer - welcome to Belize!

For me bringing in goods it was always depending on what officers were at the boarder. When I loaded my car full with mainly groceries sometimes they did not charge anything.

Sometimes they charged little amounts like 20 bucks, which I guess they pocketed.

Once a girl started to take 2 cases of coke out of my car and told me they were prohibited and kept them. The rest was duty free this time.


The only same procedure was that they always wanted me to open the trunk.

I guess you will have to find out what will happen when you bring in your stuff. Good luck!

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terrific
2/2/2018 17:49 EST

I am so dissapointed realizing Allan is not reading All my posts. That would explain his veering off into his own imagination of what other people think or believe. He never gets it right. And I know it is a while since you lived in Belize but I don't think they have trains since the 40's Are you really old enough to remember them.

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bobbyveee
2/2/2018 22:32 EST

Terrific I really think trains was a very tongue in cheek reply, if you didnt get that, forget it, your not a Brit any more, your getting far too sreious, like many on here, taking this forum far too seriously, its supposed to be fun and informative, far too many whose lives seem to be tied to correcting anything a little off what they want others to believe.

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terrific
2/3/2018 02:15 EST

SO you see his as a satirical but mine is deadly serious. Well maybe you are right I do weep tears of dissapointment that allan is not reading my posts.

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CayeCaulker4Me
2/3/2018 17:27 EST

LMAO.....Bobby V, should the position of Press Secretary for the current POTUS open in the near future, you are so well groomed at using "alternate facts" to "defend the indefensible", you'd be a great candidate to take over the position!!! LOL








----b4 u get your lil panties all bunched up in a knot, this post is part of the "fun" people come on here for ;-P ----

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bobbyveee
2/3/2018 17:58 EST

I wouldnt be seen dead with that used car salesman. More like your job i think.
A lot of you need to lighten up a little, no sense of humour at all.

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jlydia
2/3/2018 22:52 EST

Thanks for the laughs; great post!

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