They leave Guanajuato out of the legalization of "chocolate" cars

León.- The Federal Government published the decree to legalize cars known as "chocolates" in states of the Mexican Republic, where Guanajuato was left out.

On this occasion, feasibility was given for the regularization of Michoacán, Durango, Nayarit, Sonora, Nuevo León, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Coahuila.

Cars entering the country from the United States or Canada are colloquially known as "chocolates" in Mexico.

The document published in the Official Gazette of the Federation indicates some aspects for which said viability is granted in the mentioned states.

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"That the increase in crimes against the safety and property of people is linked, among other factors, to the use of vehicles of foreign origin that circulate irregularly in Mexico and that there is a considerable number of these in the territory of the states of the northern border, namely Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas, as well as in the states of Baja California Sur, Durango, Michoacán de Ocampo and Nayarit, where the referred freak.

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"That it is necessary to register and control the stay and circulation in the country of all vehicles, thus allowing their traceability as an auxiliary instrument for activities in matters of public security in the three spheres of government, in the prevention and investigation of crimes of federal order and common law," he says.

In addition, it adds that it is estimated that approximately two million vehicles of foreign origin circulate irregularly in the country and, for their registration in the Public Vehicle Registry, the support of the federal authorities, of the states, is required.

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"The purpose of this Decree is to promote the regularization of used vehicles of foreign origin that are in the territory of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Durango, Michoacán de Ocampo, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas, and do not have the document that certifies their legal stay in the country, through the administrative facilities and stimuli provided therein.

"Used vehicles whose Vehicle Identification Number corresponds to the manufacturing or assembly of the vehicle in Mexico, the United States of America or Canada and are classified in the tariff fractions indicated in the following paragraph, which as of October 19, 2021 were in the territory of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Durango, Michoacán de Ocampo, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas and do not have the document that proves their legal stay in the country, to For the purposes of their regularization in national territory, they may be definitively imported without requiring a certificate of origin, prior permission from the Ministry of Economy, or registration in the Register of Importers.

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It is specified that vehicles that have been reported stolen or that are implicated in committing crimes may not enter the country.

Nor may vehicles be imported that, due to their technical characteristics, are prohibited from circulating in the country of origin or in Mexico.


The president of the UCD in Guanajuato, Francisco Escobar, stated that Guanajuato should be included, because, after said decree, it is possible that the citizens of the State seek to go to other states to regularize.

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The foregoing, considering that the decree is issued for security reasons, since measures are established to guarantee it, since it will be verified whether or not it is stolen before the regularization is granted.

"They will do it via coyotaje. There are already complaints of people who have asked them for money in advance without knowing what the procedure is (to regularize)".

"In 10 states of the country, it is possible to import a vehicle of foreign origin, in Guanajuato they are seizing them. It represents income for all entities," he commented.

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He indicated that despite the fact that the decree indicates that the highest percentage of cars of foreign origin is concentrated in the 10 states, this also occurs in Guanajuato.

For this reason, he called on Guanajuato citizens who have a vehicle of foreign origin to wait for the State to be included in the regularization decree.

"I believe that Guanajuato also has a high percentage. But in Guanajuato, illegal smuggling must first be stopped, people who are dedicated to protecting coyotes," he added.