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Tips for home owners and long-time
When I first moved to Mazatlán, I had far more questions than I had answers.
I received a great deal of help from friends and neighbors, but I learned more
from mistakes. In this chapter, I will try to provide you with some helpful tips
as well as some pitfalls to avoid. I'm sure you have other preferences, but these
are based on my own experience and information given to me by other people.
The Major Essentials
Shipping your furniture into Mexico: If you have an FM-3, you can have
your furniture shipped to Mazatlán. You will need to provide a list of items
that will be transported. Don't attempt to bring new items to Mazatlán, as it
will cost in import fees. Your inventory needs to include the make, model
number, and serial number of anything electric. Remember that the date of
manufacture is on the item and if it is less than one-year old--more pesos. For
the rest of the items, descriptions such as five boxes of clothes and three boxes
of kitchen articles are sufficient. Take four copies of your inventory and your
FM-3 to the nearest consulate, where they must stamp it and write in your FM-
3 document that you are bringing down your furniture. You give these
stamped inventories along with a notarized copy (by the consulate) of your
FM-3 to your shipper. When your furniture reaches Mexico, customs inspec-
tors will check it and may want to charge you for something they think is new.
You can argue the point if you would like, but if it is not too unreasonable, I
suggest you pay the price and get your furniture moved into your new home.
A good source for moving is at
Furniture: There are furniture buys all around Mazatlán. Concordia, a small
town about thirty miles from Mazatlán, is best known for colonial style furni-
ture, but they make several styles and have a number of different factories.
Mesillas is a little town about 3 miles northeast of Concordia. They make all
different kinds of furniture. Try Fábrica de Muebles at Dámian Carmona #32.