Cancun, Q.R. – A new customs pilot program that will eliminate luggage checks and custom declarations is being tested in Mexico City.
The new program, which hopes to make the entry process for foreign visitors more efficient, is being implemented by the Tax Administration Service (SAT) in an attempt to simplify the process. The program will apply to foreign visitors who will no longer be required to make a customs declaration.
Testing at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City (aka, Mexico City International Airport) began this month in Terminal 2 with the removal of the red light-green light traffic signal for foreign baggage. SAT has also eliminated the customs declaration process.
In a statement, SAT said that luggage will be checked with mobile x-ray equipment during the plane transfer to where passengers collect their luggage. Those who bring additional merchandise in their luggage should only pay by calming the articles. The new mobile x-ray scanning process is in conjunction with the Federal Police.
They are hoping to implement the same model of screening into Terminal 1 of the airport, and eventually into the custom facilities of the international airports in Los Cabos, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Cancun, which serve 85 percent of international passengers that arrive in Mexico.
More than 5.8 million international passengers entered Mexico during the first two months of the year, an increase of 4.1 percent over last year. In order to maintain the interest of foreign visitors, SAT has designed a customs simplification strategy to help better facilitate its international passengers.
They say the new program is part of the move to modernize airport facilities using technological advancements of the 21st century.