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User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 491 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16973 times:

Hey everyone,

I'm returning to the US from Germany, and I plan on bringing back beer as a gift for my family. I currently have 4 bottles, so 2 L (and at most I would bring an additional can (0,5L) and the smallest bottle of Jaeger (200ml, I believe)). I'm flying Air France and arriving into JFK before making my domestic connection. Will there be a duty if I declare it, and if so, how much would I have to pay? Is it best simply to not declare it? This is what I did last year in PHL when I brought 6 bottles back, but I don't know if I just got lucky or not. Thanks everyone!


-Alitalia777

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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16955 times:

As part of the U.S. free allowance:

b) For persons of 21 years or older; 1 lit of alcoholic beverage (for arrivals from American Samoa, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands, 5 lit not more than 1 lit of which may be acquired elsewhere than on these islands)

And according to another website, it looks like alcohol is taxed at 3% for every $1000.

So, say you bought $500 of liqour. That would only end up being $15 in tax.



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User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16937 times:

So I guess since I'm only bringing in alcohol that has a maximum value of about $7, I should just declare it? Then they might not even bother charging me duty.

On an unrelated note: I love how inexpensive and delicious German beer is. I am really going to miss it - American beer doesn't even come close to comparing!!

-Alitalia777


User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16923 times:



Quoting Alitalia777 (Reply 2):
So I guess since I'm only bringing in alcohol that has a maximum value of about $7, I should just declare it? Then they might not even bother charging me duty.

Yeah, that's pretty much it. I bought about $30 of liqour (1.5 L) on a ship this year, declared it, and didn't pay a dime.



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User currently offlineHywel From Peru, joined Apr 2008, 771 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16922 times:



Quoting Alitalia777 (Reply 2):
On an unrelated note: I love how inexpensive and delicious German beer is. I am really going to miss it - American beer doesn't even come close to comparing!!

Welcome to Europe buddy! The beer here is far better than your Budweiser and Coors.

On an unrelated note, Jägermeister is pretty nice too... ever drunk a whole litre in one night?  drunk 


User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16894 times:

The chances of Customs actually finding it are slim. I've re-entered the country at least 13 times and I've never once been searched for contraband or items that should be taxed, and I've brought both in on numerous occasions. One time I brought back 100 cans of beer from Berlin. I even brought a cat back once without them ever noticing. Just put her on the bag cart in her carrying bag, and covered her with a coat, and wheeled her right on through. For taxed items like alcohol, the worst that could happen is you just happen to be unlucky enough to have your bags spot searched, and you'd end up paying the tax on anything over the limit. If it was just a liter or two over the limit, the tax would be relatively meager.

I know another guy that brought in two four foot long pythons under his trench coat with no problems when moving back to the USA from Ireland.


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16877 times:



Quoting Hywel (Reply 4):
Quoting Alitalia777 (Reply 2):
On an unrelated note: I love how inexpensive and delicious German beer is. I am really going to miss it - American beer doesn't even come close to comparing!!

Welcome to Europe buddy! The beer here is far better than your Budweiser and Coors

You have, as my old man used to say, a keen grasp for the obvious. Any other trenchant observations we already know?


User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16872 times:



Quoting Alitalia777 (Thread starter):
and the smallest bottle of Jaeger

Go for the beer, but from what I can tell, Jaegermeister is readily available in the US, so why bother?



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18703 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16773 times:



Quoting Hywel (Reply 4):

Welcome to Europe buddy! The beer here is far better than your Budweiser and Coors.

I did not have any sort of relationship with those beers! All evidence is photoshopped!

You want REAL American beer? Try some Anchor Steam or some Sam Adams.


User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16757 times:

Play dumb and don't bother declaring it. I've brought back boxes of cigarettes from France. If Customs ends up searching you, play ignorant, and let them seize it. You won't be fined.


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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5429 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 16743 times:



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
The chances of Customs actually finding it are slim. I've re-entered the country at least 13 times and I've never once been searched for contraband or items that should be taxed



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 9):

Play dumb and don't bother declaring it. I've brought back boxes of cigarettes from France. If Customs ends up searching you, play ignorant, and let them seize it. You won't be fined.

I've re-entered the country 4 times, and have been searched once. If you wanna play Russian Roulette with CBP, go ahead.



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User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 16733 times:

what if your intransit? if i'm not mistaken the candian limit for inbound alcohol is higher, but say i connect in LAX, do i just declare intransit and because it is in my checked bag, just continue through?

User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 16706 times:



Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 11):

Exactly. I have 1 hr 45 min in JFK to clear customs and make my next flight (arriving Air France, making domestic connection with Delta Connection). If I declare my beer (value just over $5) will they make me open up my bags so that they can see it?

-Alitalia777


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 16686 times:



Quoting TransIsland (Reply 7):
Jaegermeister is readily available in the US, so why bother?

Agreed.. you can buy it here in the US, so why bother.....As for the beer..is it that special...? My beer store has stuff from all over the world... lots of stuff from Germany



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16682 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 13):
My beer store has stuff from all over the world... lots of stuff from Germany

You own a beer store? Sweet! Is there an industry discount?



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16670 times:



Quoting Hywel (Reply 4):
The beer here is far better than your Budweiser and Coors.

There are MANY other american beers that blow Bud and Coors out of the water.

Quoting TransIsland (Reply 7):
but from what I can tell, Jaegermeister is readily available in the US, so why bother?

Exactly. A .200 here will cost you like 5 bucks.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 8):
Try some Anchor Steam or some Sam Adams.

 yes  Both excellent beers. The liquor distributor I work for sells Anchor and I got some of their winter beer and its awesome.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16664 times:

I realize that this thread is likely to turn into a "my beer's better than your beer! No it isn't! The name Budweiser belongs to a dinky brewery in Czechoslovakie! No it doesnt!" rant/counter rant. I wanna hijack it too, but in another direction.

Beer sucks. It tastes lousy, all of it. It's useful as a summertime thirst quencher after a hot day's work because of the bitterness, but that's about it.

Alcohol has got to be the worst recreational drug around, and the only thing that's worse is airplane glue.

There. I said it.

the meeting of the Anti Saloon League will start in half an hour.

There. I've said it.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16662 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 14):
You own a beer store? Sweet! Is there an industry discount?


I wish...... the beer store I go to....

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 15):

There are MANY other american beers that blow Bud and Coors out of the wate

I won't wash my dirty sox with Bud or Coors...



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User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 16586 times:

I also forgot that I'm bringing back cheese (about 400g). Since I'm moving back to Germany after being away for 1.5 years, I have quite a bit of luggage, so I think that would raise suspicion with the customs officials and I could easily be "randomly" selected. I'm guessing it might just be best to declare my $5 of beer and hopefully they just won't bother having me pay. We'll see, though.

And regarding the beer. German beer is so much more pure than American beer. Of course there are some great micro breweries out there. Sam Adams is an OK beer, but I think it's a bit overrated (and I live in Boston!).

The beer that I'm bringing back is Schwaben Braeu. I think they make pretty good beer, however it's not my absolute favorite. They had a special gift pack, and the Buegel bottles are very cool. I however prefer Berg, Augustiner, Krombacher and Franziskaner (which is not too hard to find in the US)

-Alitalia777


User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 16539 times:



Quoting Alitalia777 (Reply 18):
I also forgot that I'm bringing back cheese (about 400g).

I think you're going to have more of a problem with the cheese if they found it? I think dairy products are on the list of agricultural goods that are forbidden entry. It's regulation intended on keeping potential foreign disease and pathogens from entering the country.

I don't think you'd get in trouble, necessarily. They'd just take it away. I've seen Customs Agricultural Dogs (beagles) in BOS and JFK before, and they'll sniff out small amounts of fruit and other agricultural products people sometime have in their purse or bags without realizing it's prohibited.


User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 16523 times:

Just declare it. If the customs agent is having a bad day and searches your bags, you could end up losing the items and getting fined over what you might have kept by simply being honest. You are not the first to bring alcohol back from Europe, and odds are that small amount on your dec won't even raise an eyebrow. I have brought back as much as 6 liters of wine from South America, declared it, and CBP didn't look twice or even tax me.


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User currently offlineN234NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16494 times:
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I was bringing back some items of questionable authenticity one time, and the customs officer called them out. He told me I could go one of two routes:
A) Customs Seizes the merchandise (Paperwork involved)
B) I "Abandon" the items (No paperwork).

When I replied "So abandoning is easier?" and he said it was much easier. I left them there.


User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 16482 times:



Quoting Alitalia777 (Reply 2):
So I guess since I'm only bringing in alcohol that has a maximum value of about $7, I should just declare it? Then they might not even bother charging me duty.

Always declare everything, no matter how small or insignifigant you think it is. Many countries have import regulations on items for specific reasons.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
The chances of Customs actually finding it are slim. I've re-entered the country at least 13 times and I've never once been searched for contraband or items that should be taxed, and I've brought both in on numerous occasions. One time I brought back 100 cans of beer from Berlin. I even brought a cat back once without them ever noticing. Just put her on the bag cart in her carrying bag, and covered her with a coat, and wheeled her right on through. For taxed items like alcohol, the worst that could happen is you just happen to be unlucky enough to have your bags spot searched, and you'd end up paying the tax on anything over the limit. If it was just a liter or two over the limit, the tax would be relatively meager.

Bringing in an animal is a good way to start an outbreak of animal related diseases, among other issues. Do you realize if you were caught, and couldn't produce vaccination papers, not only would Fluffy be quarintined and you fined quite heavily, if she had any number of diseases, she could be destroyed? But since you got away with it, suppose she started some feline disease outbreak that had been eliminated in the US at a cost of several million dollars, and now your carelessness starts the whole process all over again? Should APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) just send you the bill? I would.

I know another guy that brought in two four foot long pythons under his trench coat with no problems when moving back to the USA from Ireland.

Another Einstein at work here. There's a reason certain animals aren't widely allowed in. Once they're full grown, chances are this guy will just "let them go", and then someone looses a small dog or cat.

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 9):
Play dumb and don't bother declaring it. I've brought back boxes of cigarettes from France. If Customs ends up searching you, play ignorant, and let them seize it. You won't be fined.

If you seriously believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Being caught with undeclared alcohol or tobacco will, not might, WILL result in full taxes and duties being levied, and your name being entered into the USCBP computers, and the chances of being subjected to a full search every time you cross the border for the next 4 years. Depending on the amount of alcohol and tobacco (and other controlled yet legal substances) you could find yourself with a criminal record, which could make future travel outside the country problematic, at best. So, is it really worth it to try and save a few bucks at the border? I think not. I cross the US Canada border 5 or 6 times a month, and decalre everything all the time. The most I ever paid for taxes and duty was $25 for a carton of smokes, because I was out of the country less than 48 hours.



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User currently offlineAcho From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 339 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 16468 times:

When I drive from Mexico into Texas with alcohol it is a $.75-$1.25 tax per bottle of hard liquor, and the but a little stamp on your bottles that says "Texas State Tax" or something like that. But then again I don't know how it is in other parts.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7630 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 16463 times:
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Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
The chances of Customs actually finding it are slim. I've re-entered the country at least 13 times and I've never once been searched for contraband or items that should be taxed, and I've brought both in on numerous occasions. One time I brought back 100 cans of beer from Berlin. I even brought a cat back once without them ever noticing. Just put her on the bag cart in her carrying bag, and covered her with a coat, and wheeled her right on through. For taxed items like alcohol, the worst that could happen is you just happen to be unlucky enough to have your bags spot searched, and you'd end up paying the tax on anything over the limit. If it was just a liter or two over the limit, the tax would be relatively meager.

I know another guy that brought in two four foot long pythons under his trench coat with no problems when moving back to the USA from Ireland.

Next time anyone wonders why they get checked coming through customs somewhere when they have absolutely nothing to declare and done nothing, be reminded of this clown and his disrespectful, foolhardy attitude towards the law. The fact that people like him are out there in abundance is the reason why, despite the majority of us being law-abiding, we can all not be trusted and may be subject to checks. Snakes under a trench coat indeed? That's just idiotic, nothing impressive whatsoever.



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25 LTU932 : Indeed. In fact, come to Germany, the birth place of modern beer. You'll love our great assortment of simple lager, Pilsener type of beer, Weißbier
26 Cadet57 : Is it better than Jager? Because that stuff is just nasty
27 PPVRA : If for some random reason your connection ends up going through ATL instead of JFK (something similar happened to me before), remember that in ATL yo
28 LTU932 : No idea, because I never really tried a Jägermeister (I just know what kind of drink it is). Underberg is similar in taste to Fernet Branca (that is
29 Hywel : I hate Underberg myself, but love Jägermeister... it's a personal preference
30 Dougloid : It's never a good idea to let law enforcement types get the idea that you're lying to them. They can and will make life difficult for you.
31 ACDC8 : I find that Jägermeister is much easier to drink then Underberg, Kuemmerling or most of the other halfbitters/digestives out there. And it works jus
32 Dougloid : I like water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks. My stomach never hurts, and I haven't vomited in four years for any reason. My head rarely aches, My live
33 ACDC8 : So do I. Not so much soft drinks in recent years, but water, tea and coffee. Mine does, usually after visiting this site though ... See above. As is
34 RussianJet : You almost had me believing you until you said that. Too true. If only people would realise this.....
35 Don81603 : Nor is smuggling of any kind whatsoever. I saw an incident a few years back at a very small border crossing (Fort Francis,ON/International Fall, MN)
36 Dougloid : jeez, you guys are killin' me. Have you ever had to go down to the jail and interview some drunk who was picked up the night before? Eccccccccccccchh
37 RussianJet : I know exactly what you're talking about. and you are, of course, quite right.
38 Post contains links PWM2TXLHopper : You don't, unless they decide to do a spot check on the rig. Even then, depending on how well something is concealed, they might get through. Only a
39 Dougloid : That's what I'm talkin' about. It's us against them, brother.
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