In the next few days, a project will be starting in Mexico with the purpose of regulating “Autos Chocolate” and making them legal.
The Mexican Employers Federation, a business group, said the measure would fill Mexico with unsafe, dirty cars, and noted that it comes at a bad time for the domestic auto industry. New car sales in the first five months of 2021 were 19.8% below the same period of 2019.
“This implies legalizing contraband and fomenting unfair competition with an industry that is strategic for Mexico and has been seriously affected by the pandemic,” the group said.
Because they are largely unregistered, it is hard to say how many “chocolate” cars have been imported into Mexico; some estimates place the number as high as 18 million cars and pickups, or about one-quarter of all such vehicles in Mexico.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced during the morning conference on Thursday that next weekend he will sign a decree that has the objective of regulating ” Autos Chocolate ” in Mexico, in this way the owners of the cars that come from the United States may have a permit to guarantee their legal possession.
López Obrador highlighted that in previous six-year terms there have been cases that ” Autos Chocolate “ are used many times to carry out crimes or commit illegalities in the national territory, so in Mexico, a registry will be created for all cars that come from the neighboring country and whose owners will also have to pay taxes for its circulation.
The President pointed out that the payment of taxes that the owners of the vehicles that are brought from the United States will have to pay will pay a “fair” tax, since in the vast majority of cases they are acquired that way because in Mexico they cant purchase an agency car.
The new project of the Government of Mexico on the regularization of “chocolate cars” will begin applying in the northern states and bordering the United States such as; Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León, the President said.
What are chocolate cars?
The cars, mainly from the U.S., are known in Mexico as “chocolate,” a play on the word “chueco,” or crooked.
The ” Autos Chocolate “ as they have been commonly called over the years are those that illegally enter the Mexican territory of the United States, in a large number of cases they are for private use or general sale, which have higher prices. lower than the agency.