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What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?  
User currently offlinealasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8537 times:

I will be carrying in my checked bag, two bottles of wine at 15% and a three-pack whisky miniature gift pack. Do I need to declare them on my customs form?

Thanks

[Edited 2010-03-15 15:47:23]

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User currently offlinetennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8458 times:
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Your supposed to list them on the form. There is a $ value maximum before you have to pay duty. I think for US residents it is $800. Can't remember what it is for non-US folks.

The key words being "supposed to list them on the form".


User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

You're supposed to tell them as well you're not a member of the Nazi government of Germany between 1933-1945 on your immigration form but I doubt anybody would admit to that.  

Basically, just don't tell them so there's no risk of having to pay import duty on them. If they catch you with them (very, very unlikely) just play dumb and act like you didn't know about the limits.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8421 times:

Yes, they should be declared.
Here is what the customs form looks like and details of what your allowance is.(retail value $100)
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/sample_declaration_form.xml

And no I don’t suggest you lie or fail to tell them. Besides potential immediate penalties if getting caught, you might be considered inadmissible for future visits depending how things play out.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8331 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
And no I don’t suggest you lie or fail to tell them. Besides potential immediate penalties if getting caught, you might be considered inadmissible for future visits depending how things play out

  

Also, even if you owe duty, they are unlikely to bother to collect it if it's not a huge amount of money. The potential downside of declaring is quite low, whilst the potential downside of not declaring and getting caught is quite high.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8314 times:

In Canada, the legal drinking age is 19 everywhere except Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta where it's 18. So if you were 18 and had purchased a bottle of duty free alcohol on a flight to YUL or YYC you'd be able to keep it, but on a flight to YYZ or YVR, if they happened to note your age, they would technically have to confiscate the alcohol since the laws of the province where you're entering the country apply.

User currently offlinepitingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8304 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
Yes, they should be declared.

I'll echo the    - unless the stuff is somehow obviously worth $hundreds, I doubt that you will owe duty.

Also, if you are connecting, beware of the idiodic liquids rule! You WILL have to re-clear security after clearing customs, and the wine at least will be confiscated due to running afoul of the liquids limitations. If your entry point is your final destination, you probably (!) don't need to worry about this, unless you are arriving at ATL. What is your US point of entry and US final destination (airports)?



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

Quoting pitingres (Reply 6):
unless you are arriving at ATL.

MEM also disposes all internationally arrived pax into the sterile concourse, thus necessitating to re-clear security (even if MEM is your final destination).
-HT.



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User currently offlinestarac17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3410 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8190 times:

Quoting pitingres (Reply 6):
Also, if you are connecting, beware of the idiodic liquids rule! You WILL have to re-clear security after clearing customs, and the wine at least will be confiscated due to running afoul of the liquids limitations. If your entry point is your final destination, you probably (!) don't need to worry about this, unless you are arriving at ATL. What is your US point of entry and US final destination (airports)?

The OP says he will have it in his checked bag, so its a non-issue with the liquids rule.

For Duty free stuff if you are connecting most airports will have signs to remind you to put the duty free in your checked bag, (YVR has this and I think LAX does as well) as you will have to claim your luggage and put it on the connections belt after going through customs.

The best thing to do is to get the duty free people to put a lot of wrapping on it and just take out shoes and put them in your carry on and but the booze in the checked bag.



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User currently offlinepitingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8141 times:

Quoting starac17 (Reply 8):
The OP says he will have it in his checked bag, so its a non-issue with the liquids rule.

You are right. I somehow mis-read "checked" as "carry-on".



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