If you live in Cabo, you are aware that most items can be double or even tripled the cost that they are sold for in the United States due to taxes and import fees. Also, as of January 1, 2014 taxes in Mexico have increased from 11% to 16% which is making imported goods even more expensive than they already were. Furniture and electronics are some of the most expensive items in Cabo San Lucas. If you are an online shopper like myself, you can have items shipped to Cabo San Lucas for less than what you will be charged if you were to purchase them in Mexico. It's pretty simple! Most online retailers will ship your items for free within the United States if you spend a certain amount. Also, if you use websites like www.amazon.com you will not be charged tax.
Are you looking to purchase furniture and can't seem to find what you need at Costco? That seems to be where everyone shops and the supply is limited! I suggest selecting a furniture store that is located in San Diego. For example, Lay Z Boy Furniture. If you have a store locally, you can go into your local store and select furniture and fabric. They also have a lot of items on their website at http://www.la-z-boy.com/ Get all the information on styles and colors and then contact the store located in San Diego and place the order over the phone. Have all items delivered to San Diego. This will save you money compared to the furniture costs in Mexico
Most exporters have trucks that travel from San Diego, CA to the Baja twice a week. I recommend contacting several exporters to get quotes. Most charge between 30-35% of the total value of goods that you will be shipping. Once you have decided which exporter you will be using, you will need to contact them to get a customer number and set up an account. All shipments to their warehouse should include your name and customer number. When setting up an account they will ask for your name, telephone number and address of where items are to be delivered. Most of these companies will accept check or credit card for payment.
Here are a few exporters to contact for quotes:
2215 Paseo de las Americas
San Diego, CA 92154
Columbia Export Group
8640 Siempre Viva Road
San Diego, CA 92154
Arnian Freight Logistics
C/O YOUR NAME
2285 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 14
San Diego, California 92154
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
After you have placed your online order, you will need to send them the order summary. The summary needs to show the goods purchased and the total value of goods. They will then contact you to give you the estimate for shipping your items. They usually charge 30% of the total value. For example, if you order a lamp that is $100.00, you will be charged $30.00 to have it delivered from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. They are importing your goods into Mexico and paying the 16% tax for that item. They are also taking care of all the paperwork for clearing customs. Most companies will insure your goods for 1% of the value. I highly would recommend paying for the insurance. Customs can sometimes open up your packages and you want to make sure you receive all your items.
If you are wanting to have your car in Mexico and the thought of driving down the Baja is not your idea of fun, these exporters can get it there for you. Contact for specific pricing. The car can not be filled with items. You also will need to give the exporter all documents for the vehicle before it is transported. You will also need to have the vehicle insured with Mexican Insurance even if it has US plates!
If you are willing to do a little research and don't need the item today, I suggest shipping items.
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