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Moving to Mexico Has Become Very Popular

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Robert Nelson Co-Founder of Expats In Mexico
Robert Nelson

Moving to Mexico has become very popular these days. The Google search terms moving to Mexico and move to Mexico have been spiking recently as aspiring expats from the U.S., Canada and other countries discover what the 1 million expats in Mexico already know: Mexico is a great place to live.

To help those aspiring expats who are planning or considering a move to Mexico this year, we’ve put together a new article called, “Moving to Mexico: International Moving Companies.” It’s the first of two articles on how to move your belongings to Mexico.

We decided to start with the international moving company process because nearly one-third of expats who have responded so far to our Expats In Mexico 2017 annual survey have used moving companies for all or some of their household goods.

This is the preferred method for expats who purchase homes and wish to bring a large portion or all of their possessions from the U.S., Canada or other countries. But, as you will see, it’s not inexpensive.

The article takes you through the process of moving to Mexico in detail, beginning with the type of visa required to ship your goods to Mexico and all the immigration and Mexico Customs information you’ll need to know.

To get a current view of process and cost, I contacted three major international moving companies in the San Francisco Bay Area for a move to Puerto Vallarta: Crown Relocation, Bekins and Allied.

All three companies were very responsive and were represented by very knowledgeable professionals who came to my home to determine what household goods would be shipped to Mexico.

The in-home interview process took about 30 – 45 minutes and included an inventory of all items to be shipped, as well as a careful explanation of what the company would provide and my role in the process. The estimates ranged from less than US$17,000 to more than US$21,000, so it definitely pays to get multiple estimates.

Since costs are based on the weight of your shipment, the less you ship, the more you save. Most companies have a minimum of about US$5,000, which works out to shipping about 1,000 lbs. of household goods.

We’ll do a second article soon that will focus on alternative ways to move your possessions to Mexico, like self-moving and sell and replace. For those renting homes in Mexico, these methods are popular options because over 90 percent of the long-term rental homes in Mexico are furnished.

If you have moved to Mexico in the last year or two and self-moved or sold everything and replaced what you needed once you arrived in Mexico, please contact me at info@expatsinmexico.com. We would like to know how you went about it.


  1. My husband and I will be moving to Baja sometime over the next year….when depends on selling our house. I am really looking forward to how folks moved themselves to Mexico. We plan to buy a 5′ X 8′ trailer, if our SUV can tow it along with some of our things that we can’t bring to give up. I know we have to label any boxes and include a minimal $ amount for each item. We’ll be making a 4000 mile drive to get there. Have we lost our minds??? My brother and sister in law each had 2 suitcases and their cat. Sure wish we could do that but do not see that happening for us.

  2. Señor Nelson, you have repeated that old myth that 1 million Gringos live in Mexico. When I moved south 17 years ago that myth was alive and well. Yeah, almost two decades ago. But it’s false. Apart from one exception, no one has a clue how many Gringos live in Mexico because nobody keeps tabs. The United States does not. The exception is the Mexican government. Just a few months ago, I saw a Mexican government report that said somewhere in the vicinity of 700-800,000 were living here. Even that seems high to me, but that’s the only legit figure.

    • Hola, Michael and thanks for the observation. When we launched Expats In Mexico on September 16th of last year my first Mi Vista blog addressed the size of the expat community in Mexico (http://www.expatsinmexico.com/how-many-expats-live-in-mexico). I’m not sure what government report you are referring to but the 2010 census for foreign born people living in Mexico was 961,121. If you have a specific newer report, please send to us. We would be happy to see it.

      • I forget where it was I read that, but American residents and foreign-born residents are different. If you include people born worldwide, perhaps it hits 1 million. But the myth is, and long has been, that a million Gringos live down here. Not so.

        Where would all these people be? The two most glaring examples are, of course, San Miguel and the Chapala area. Rough estimates put the total there at maybe 20,000 between the two of them. There are sizable communities elsewhere, of course. Mérida, Mazatlán, etc.

        To have a million Gringos down here, we’d have to see about 50 San Miguels. Think about it.

        • Michael, we don’t refer to expats as gringos. Expats is a term used for migrants from all over the world, not just the U.S.

  3. When my wife and I made our retirement move to Mexico in 2007 to the Lake Chapala region, we made our arrangements through Strom-White International Movers in Ajijic rather than a moving van firm in the United States. We figured being a Mexican moving company, they might be better aware of customs and import regulations. They did a marvelous job to make all the local pick-up needs for our property; the custom’s broker for a smooth cross-border clearance and we had our property in our rental house in Ajijic in less than 3 weeks.

  4. We made the move all on our own from Wash. State to Mazatlan in mid 2013. We bought a 12ft. Enclosed trailer with all our precious “what was left” belongings, rented a large furnished house. Within 30 days we drove the trailer back up to the US, sold it for nearly what we bought it for & drove back to our new home. Saved a ton of money doing it this way! NO regrets at all, love Mazatlan!


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