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Taking a kayak across borders

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Taking a kayak across borders

1. Posted by diasaurus (Budding Member, 8 posts) 23 Jan '13 20:18

diasaurus has indicated that this thread is about Mexico

Does anyone here know how the logistics of something like this is or where i can find the information. I have tried googling it and havent found really good results. I am looking to drive across the border just to do a little kayaking around the country for a few days and wondered if anyone has had any experience with this at all in mexico or central america. I am from the US and would rather just take mine across then rent when i am there. Can anyone help with this? Thanks!!!

2. Posted by femby (Budding Member, 29 posts) 24 Jan '13 06:36

I sent you a PM as I found something but on a forum and I didn't like to post it here. It seems that under 4.5 meters and not a titled (registered) craft, no problem.

3. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member, 113 posts) 24 Jan '13 07:59

The problem is usually returning home with high end equipment, at least in Canada! You can register the boat at your own customs department just prior to crossing the border or have the original bill of sale... This proves you had the kayak before leaving the country and they will not apply any import duties on it when you come back in.

Last time I looked was when I wanted to import a very light folding kayak from New Zealand. The customs duties on kayak was 8-12% for importing into Canada, for kayaks not manufactured in Canada, US, or Mexico.... Customs tables are a very boring read!

Note. Sites on RVs maybe helpful as they cross border with lots of equipment...