SAN FELIPE — Some tourists visiting this resort town have accused the Mexicali inspection units at the downtown port of entry of asking for bribes and pocketing money under the pretense of tax collecting on goods the travelers thought were duty-free.
The tourists complained to San Felipe's Institute of Information and the institute is actively pursuing reports from border-crossers. Other border-crossers have complained of similar behavior from the inspectors in recent days.
Tony Colleraine, the general director of the institute, sent an e-mailed transcript of two tourist reports Tuesday.
Colleraine wrote, "Two elderly U.S. citizens who had shopped for groceries in El Centro to bring to San Felipe were told that they each had to pay $50 duty because they had exceeded the $50 duty-free limit."
According to a Web posting by the U.S. State Department and the Mexican consulate, "Mexican regulations limit the value of goods brought into Mexico by U.S. citizens arriving by air or sea to $300 per person and by land to $50 per person. Amounts exceeding the duty-free limit are subject to a 32.8 percent tax."