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Mexican customs to phase out traffic light lottery

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Post by suegarn Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:07 am


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Post by DaveP Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:20 pm

They did this 2 or 3 months ago. They are using Xray on incoming baggage. They know which bags to check.
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Post by RickS Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:34 pm

This, of course, is when one arrives via air. I presume that crossing at the borders will still be the red/green thingy....
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Post by Canada_Mike Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:55 pm

RickS wrote:This, of course, is when one arrives via air.  I presume that crossing at the borders will still be the red/green thingy....

I've never done anything like that at the border when driving.
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Post by ferret Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:13 pm

We got the red light, after crossing at Laredo, when driving down in '96... with a van. Musta been a slow day for them 'cuz there was not a single solitary other vehicle around. They wanted us to unpack the whole van in the heat of the last week of April. I asked what they were looking for because every single thing was personal for our own use. They musta seen the look of indignation on my face and relented. I was hot, sweaty and frustrated... also didn't speak a word of Spanish except for please and thank you.
So the stop is there Mike, about a half an hour in from the border, you just missed it.

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Post by Canada_Mike Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:51 pm

Guess I've been lucky. And, I cross with a really big dog.
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Post by RickS Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:19 pm

Big dog or not, every border crossing has an area where one must go though a designated point with signs for “nothing to declare’’ and “declare”. Other small ones that I have been through just have a ‘single’ land with red/green lights. When one drives trough the light goes either red or green. If red, one has to pull over and at least let the agents have a say-so as to what you have to do next.
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Post by Rosa Venus Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:35 pm

Believe it or not, I'll actually miss the red light/green light derby.
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Post by Trailrunner Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:49 pm

Me too. Always.a little rush when I pushed the button.
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Post by suegarn Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:35 pm

Trailrunner wrote:Me too. Always.a little rush when I pushed the button.

I remember that feeling of satisfaction when you'd get the green light, but I definitely won't miss having to bother with it!

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Post by caligirl108 Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:24 pm

Always appreciated it when person ahead of me got the red. a cardboard box always seemed to get inspected tho, no matter what.;/

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Post by Rosa Venus Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:44 pm

I'll miss it because ever since I was seventeen years old, it's always meant, "You're entering México!" Very Happy

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Post by Clete Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:03 pm

I will miss it because I have a very vivid memory of what passing through Aduana was like prior to its implementation. Although I must admit Aduana agents are nowhere near the despicable and corrupt p¨"*ks they were then. Arriving in this country could many times be a veritable nightmare.

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