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Shipping a vehicle to Mexicali is not too difficult. Mexico has simple policies when it comes to vehicle shipment. As long as all of the requirements are adhered to, then vehicle shipment shouldn’t be hard to accomplish.

As the capital of Baja California, Mexicali has a population of about 700,000 people. It is very modernized for a desert region in Mexico. The city has become known for agriculture and maquiladoras, such as Nestle and Coca Cola. Employment is easy to find in the city and many come to reside here.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Mexicali

Mexicali to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$14005+15 days
Mexicali to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$19005+10 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to Mexicali
$450$14005+15 days
Portland, OR to (California port)
to Mexicali
$475$14006+15 days
Mexicali to (California port)
to Seattle, WA
$550$14006+15 days
Columbus, OH to (New York port)
to Mexicali
$550$19005+10 days
Detroit, MI to (New York port)
to Mexicali
$575$19006+10 days
Mexicali to (New York port)
to Chicago, IL
$675$19006+10 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Mexicali
$775$14007+15 days
Houston, TX to (New York port)
to Mexicali
$1,075$19007+10 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

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What Is Needed for Vehicle Shipment.

There are specific requirements that will need to be fulfilled prior to vehicle shipment. Mexico has lenient policies so it will be easy to get it all figured out. Below, you will find a list of all current policies, but it is in a person’s best interests to contact the Embassy of Mexico for the most up-to-date policies in case they have changed.

Documents Needed.

  • Original vehicle title and two copies.
  • A Shippers Export Declaration (SED)- obtain from U.S. Customs.
  • Pedimento- obtain from Mexican Customs.
  • Passport, license, picture ID, registered voter’s license, visa – any of these two forms will do.


  • The vehicle must be at least 5 years of age.
  • The vehicle must be below a 10 passenger vehicle.
  • The value of the automobile must not exceed $12,000.
  • There must be a catalytic converter in the car.
  • It has to have a gasoline engine.
  • The vehicle must have been manufactured in Canada or the U.S.

The Methods of Vehicle Shipment Available.

There are a few ways one can choose from to have a vehicle shipped over to the city of Mexicali. These methods all differ greatly. Select the method that best suits your needs and your budget.

Air Shipping: Air shipping is the most expensive form of vehicle shipment. This requires that the vehicle be sent to Juarez by plane and it is typically so pricey that not many people are able to afford it.

Container Shipping: Container shipping is when the vehicle is put into a large container, then placed on a ship. The vehicle and the container can be filled with other possessions allowed by Mexican Customs. The container can be shared with another individual which will help to ease the cost.

RO/RO Shipping: RO/RO shipping is the least expensive method of vehicle shipment. The vehicle is simply rolled onto and off of the ship. The automobile cannot be filled with any belongings except for a spare tire, a car jack and floor mats. The RO/RO shipping method is not accepted by all ports. Make sure that the port your vehicle will arrive at is nearby because you will need to be present when the vehicle arrives. Ports will not hold a vehicle for the owner.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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