MEXICO’S MAIL SERVICE works fine, but plenty of people don’t trust it.
This distrust is a holdover from the old days when lots of stuff did not work too efficiently, but Mexican times they are a’changing, amigos.
A few months ago, there was a post on a Yahoo forum populated primarily with Gringos who live near my mountaintop. A fellow was asking if anyone was driving to the United States who would be willing to carry a letter to be dropped into a U.S. mailbox.
I responded that the fellow could simply drop the letter into a local mailbox, and it would be delivered with no problem. Thousands of Mexicans do it every day, I pointed out, and I have been doing it for 14 years. I know of just one lost letter in all that time.
That’s pretty good, and as good or better than the U.S. Mail.
The forum moderator emailed me. It seems I was deemed inadequately nice. Then the fellow who had posted the initial question emailed me, also unhappy. How could I suggest such a ridiculous thing? The letter he wanted toted contained a check!
He had not mentioned that detail previously.
People still write checks in 2014? And drop them into snail mail? I haven’t written a check in years. PayPal and other aspects of cyberspace move money beautifully.
I admit that sending checks in the Mexican mail likely is not the best idea, although I imagine most would arrive at their destination intact. I have received a couple of checks from above the Rio Bravo in the Mexican mail with no problem.
Better to use PayPal or a credit card.
During the presidency of Felipe Calderón, the mail service was upgraded. The employees reportedly got a salary increase, and a new garish color scheme was slapped on uniforms and post office walls.
My downtown post office box* has served me very well for over a decade. It costs about 23 bucks a year. The postmaster is a chubby, young fellow named Mario who smiles a lot. I never knew anyone in my post office in Houston.
I also rent a mailbox in Miami, a forwarding service that I use solely to express mail a new credit card to me every few years. It also gives me an address above the Rio Bravo for that same credit card. Some online purchases require a U.S.-addressed credit card.
But 99 percent of my mail comes and goes through Correos de México, which works great. The next time you need to mail something here, drop it into a mailbox, for Pete’s sake.
Then wait the typical two weeks.
If you want speed and/or more assurances, register it or use MexPost, the express arm of the Mexican mail. You get a tracking number to follow its travels via the internet.
I’ll be going to the post office today to mail my Form 1040 to Barry’s outpost in Austin. It will cost me about 20 bucks, and it will get there in about three days. Barry owes me a $700 refund, and I hope he still has that much in the till.
The refund will be delivered electronically, not by check.
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* I highly recommend a box instead of having mail sent directly to your home.