How to send a package to Mexico?

How to send a package to Mexico?

Are you a company or an individual
and you send parcels or documents to Mexico?

If you are a Swiss company or even an individual based in Switzerland, makes it easy for you to send packages to Mexico. You can compare prices in two clicks, select the carrier that suits you best and book it online.

The courier of the chosen service will come to your company or home in the time slot you have chosen when booking. Shipping from Switzerland is not limited to parcels up to 70kg, it is also possible to send documents and pallets to Mexico.

On, you will benefit from the most advantageous prices that we have negotiated directly with carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT or Aramex. For your shipments to Mexico, the prices you will find on Expedismart are up to 70% cheaper than those you will find directly with these carriers, EXCEPT if you make more than 20 shipments per month. In this situation, please contact us and we will be able to offer you customized prices.

Customs formalities for Mexico
Required documents

Sending a package to Mexico from Switzerland with carriers such as FedEx, UPS, DHL or TNT is easy. Here are the necessary customs documents. You will need to fill out a proforma invoice if the shipment is not commercial and a commercial invoice if you are selling goods. These invoices are not the invoices you get when you buy a product, they are there to tell Mexican customs what is in your package.

If you don’t know how to fill out this document or are afraid of getting it wrong, don’t panic! When you ship to Mexico on, you will automatically receive this document in PDF at the end of your booking. The second necessary document is the airway bill. This is the airway bill for your shipment. You will also automatically receive your completed Airway Bill at the end of your booking.

How do I fill out a proforma or commercial invoice to send a package to Mexico?

  •  This invoice must be made in triplicate
  •  You will need to indicate the full address of the sender and the receiver as well as the name, telephone number and email address.
  •  A precise description of the merchandise that is in your package. This description must be in English or Spanish, either in the language of the destination country or in English.
  •  The precise quantity of the products contained in the packages
  •  The VAT number of the recipient’s company (as long as the recipient is a company, if it is an individual, nothing).
  •  If you are sending to an individual, remember to ask for a copy of his ID card and to attach it to the package, as Mexican customs may ask you for this information
  •  Do not forget to date and sign your proforma or commercial invoice.


  •  Full address
  •  Proforma document
  •  Customs declaration
  •  No banned goods

Delivery of goods in Mexico?
Customs tariffs

If you are a Swiss SME or a Swiss individual and you want to send goods to Mexico, whether you sell them or not, the recipient of your package will have to pay import VAT. Mexico is a member of EFTA (a trade agreement that provides for reduced VAT rates).

If you want to know the exact VAT rate that will be applied to your goods at the recipient, we advise you to contact the Mexican customs. Please note that this rate generally varies between 3% and 20% depending on the merchandise. Please note that on the importation of certain goods, such as textiles, shoes or foodstuffs, the Mexican customs will apply higher VAT rates.

Goods that are not allowed to be imported.

Please note that when you send parcels or pallets to Mexico with carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS or TNT through, they do not allow you to send any type of goods. Here is the list of goods (not exhaustive) that you will not be able to ship to Mexico.

  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Animal products
  • Animal skins
  • Oils for analysis
  • Charcoal
  • Coffee or coffee samples
  • Perfume and Cologne
  • CD’s
  • Computer parts
  • Cotton
  • Electronic games
  • Contact lenses
  • Pieces of fabric
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Film
  • Furs
  • Liquids
  • Tobacco
  • Leather
  • Some medicines

Warning: this list is not complete, it aims to present the main prohibited products. We invite you to inquire beforehand about the legality of the goods you wish to send.

Making express shipments to Mexico
Fragile goods

Some goods require special treatment. You can read our article on how to pack your packages properly. The most important thing is to prevent your goods from moving around inside. For this, use cushioning materials such as bubble wrap, newspaper, sagex, etc. For the choice of the cardboard, we advise you to take “triple fluted”, it is the most resistant cardboard.

Delivery times

The question of delivery time is mainly related to customs issues. Generally, the delivery time of a package from Switzerland to Mexico with express carriers such as DHL, FedEx or UPS is between 6 and 10 days. Be aware that in case of customs control, which can happen at any time, then the delays may be extended by a few days and additional information regarding the goods may be requested from the receiver or the sender.

At Expedismart, we will notify you if this is the case. Please feel free to inform your recipient that they may be contacted.

At Expedismart, our individual and corporate clients usually send packages, documents or pallets to the following Mexican cities: Mexico City, Ecatepec, Guadalajara, Puebla, Juarez or Tijuana.

Pick-ups and deliveries in Mexico
Festive days

As in all countries in the world, if your package is urgent, you should find out if the delivery will fall on a holiday. If this is the case, the delivery should be made on the next working day, knowing that in most countries, deliveries are not made on weekends.

To help you, here are the main holidays in Mexico:

  • New Year’s Day, January 1
  • Constitution Day, February 5th
  • Birth of Benito Juàrez, March 21
  • Holy Friday
  • Labor Day, May 1
  • Mexican Independence Day, September 16
  • Revolution Day, November 21
  • Christmas, December 25th

These days are common to all of Mexico. As Mexico is a federal state like Switzerland, some holidays are specific to the state in question. We advise you to inquire in the state you are sending to.

Tracking of express parcels to Mexico
Track your shipment

If you have sent a parcel to Mexico with, here is what to do if you want to know where it is. We’ve written an article on the subject to help you, so don’t hesitate to consult it.