I am traveling to Mexico next month. It is my first trip out of the U.S. ever. I am reading about customs and declarations and I'm starting to worry.
I understand that each person has a certain allowance for declarations ($400?). What I don't understand is what needs to be reported on the form. Do you need to declare souvenirs you have purchased in Mexico? How about the clothes and toiletries that you bring with you? Do you declare on your way to Mexico or only coming back to the U.S.?
And I don't really understand the concept of duty free stores. It states that merchandise bought at duty free shops is still a part of that $400 limit in declarations. So why buy it? Is it cheaper than regular stores?
I apologize if this stuff seems basic to others. Depsite "googling" all this stuff I'm still confused. The last thing I want to do is raise some red flag in customs.