Alitalia777
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Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:13 am

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!


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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:12 pm

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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:10 pm

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!!

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Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:44 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:46 pm



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 
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:57 pm



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

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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:59 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:42 am



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.
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:52 am

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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:38 am



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:00 am

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?
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:37 pm



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?

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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:22 pm



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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Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:41 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:53 pm



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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Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:02 pm

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.

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Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:06 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:28 am

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)

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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:54 pm



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.
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:37 pm

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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:33 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:20 pm



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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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:14 pm



Quoting Hywel (Reply 4):
Welcome to Europe buddy! The beer here is far better than your Budweiser and Coors.

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 from Bavaria, and lots more.

And if you don't have any more money for Jägermeister, a few boxes with small bottles of Underberg should do just fine (Underberg is somewhat similar to Jägermeister IIRC, but it's just best as a digestive).
 
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Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:23 pm



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 25):
Underberg is somewhat similar to Jägermeister IIRC, but it's just best as a digestive).

Is it better than Jager? Because that stuff is just nasty
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:43 pm



Quoting Alitalia777 (Thread starter):

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 you have to claim and "re-check" your bag, and from that point on you will NOT be allowed to get through with anything more than 2oz liquid bottles as carry on.

Best is to keep bottles at all times in your checked luggage. If you buy duty free, you can still put them in your luggage in ATL before rechecking it, but don't forget!
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:48 pm



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 26):
Is it better than Jager? Because that stuff is just nasty

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, it's bitter as hell). It is good for the stomach though, if you don't overdo it.
 
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Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:45 pm



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 26):
Is it better than Jager? Because that stuff is just nasty

I hate Underberg myself, but love Jägermeister... it's a personal preference  Smile
 
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Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:39 pm



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 22):
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.

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.
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:02 pm



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 25):
And if you don't have any more money for Jägermeister, a few boxes with small bottles of Underberg should do just fine (Underberg is somewhat similar to Jägermeister IIRC, but it's just best as a digestive).



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 26):
Is it better than Jager? Because that stuff is just nasty



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 28):
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, it's bitter as hell). It is good for the stomach though, if you don't overdo it.



Quoting Hywel (Reply 29):
I hate Underberg myself, but love Jägermeister... it's a personal preference

I find that Jägermeister is much easier to drink then Underberg, Kuemmerling or most of the other halfbitters/digestives out there. And it works just as well towards an upset stomach. But thats just me.
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Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:56 am



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 31):
I find that Jägermeister is much easier to drink then Underberg, Kuemmerling or most of the other halfbitters/digestives out there. And it works just as well towards an upset stomach. But thats just me.

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 liver's in great shape.
I never wake up wishing I was dead or wondering where I am or where I've been or how I ended up with a black eye.
I never worry about getting arrested for public intox or driving under the influence.
I never wake up wondering who's in bed with me.
I never wake up thinking that the German army marched through my mouth in sweatsocks.
I always wake up with a good appetite. Breakfast is wonderful.
I can immediately focus on nearly any idea I want to wrap my head around.
I smell pretty good too. At all times.

Guess what I don't do.

That's right. I don't drink.
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:29 am



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I like water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks.

So do I. Not so much soft drinks in recent years, but water, tea and coffee.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
My stomach never hurts, and I haven't vomited in four years for any reason.

Mine does, usually after visiting this site though ...  Silly

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
My head rarely aches,

See above.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
My liver's in great shape

As is mine.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I never wake up wishing I was dead or wondering where I am or where I've been or how I ended up with a black eye.

Never have had that kind of experience before. I have woken up from a great dream only to be disappointed that it only was a dream though. Guess that works the other way too ...  scratchchin 

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I never worry about getting arrested for public intox or driving under the influence.

Neither do I. I drink responsibily enough to know not to drink and drive or endanger myself or others. But I am also quite appaled at the dictaroship like regulations enforced on Canadians in regards to alcohol consumption though.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I never wake up wondering who's in bed with me.

Can't say I've ever experienced that as well. If I do though, I'm sure I'll start a self gloss thread about it though ...  Silly

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I never wake up thinking that the German army marched through my mouth in sweatsocks.

I get that everytime I go out to Subway for a midnight snack. Don't know what it is about Subway, but their food smells just rank and takes days to get it off your clothes and breath.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I always wake up with a good appetite. Breakfast is wonderful.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I can immediately focus on nearly any idea I want to wrap my head around.

Sometimes its nice just to relax and not think about anything ...  Wink

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I smell pretty good too. At all times.

So do many people, except if they just had Subway of course.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
Guess what I don't do.

That's right. I don't drink.

K. I'm failing how that has any relevance to your other statements or this thread ... confused 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:19 pm



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I smell pretty good too. At all times.

You almost had me believing you until you said that.  Wink

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 30):
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.

 checkmark  Too true. If only people would realise this.....
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:12 pm



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 30):
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.

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) where they had caught some foolish teenager (on the US side) with a single magic mushroom. So there she sat, bawling her eyes out, and couldn't comprehend why they were literally tearing her car apart.

This little incident got me wondering, as we do a ton of import & export business with Mexico, including cross border trailer transfers. When a Mexican driver returns the trailer preloaded and sealed with produce, how do I know that what's on the paperwork is what's really in the trailer? I did ask a USCBP official about it at the customs suffernce warehouse a few trips later, and got a satisfactory answer (as to my legal position if a check found things not in order), but it's still in the back of my mind.
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Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:17 pm



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 34):
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 32):
I smell pretty good too. At all times.

You almost had me believing you until you said that.

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? Eccccccccccccchhhh! I'd rather get up close and personal with the Animal Rescue League or an oil refinery.



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Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:21 pm



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 36):
Have you ever had to go down to the jail and interview some drunk who was picked up the night before? Eccccccccccccchhhh! I'd rather get up close and personal with the Animal Rescue League or an oil refinery.


I know exactly what you're talking about. and you are, of course, quite right.
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:03 am



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 35):
This little incident got me wondering, as we do a ton of import & export business with Mexico, including cross border trailer transfers. When a Mexican driver returns the trailer preloaded and sealed with produce, how do I know that what's on the paperwork is what's really in the trailer? I did ask a USCBP official about it at the customs suffernce warehouse a few trips later, and got a satisfactory answer (as to my legal position if a check found things not in order), but it's still in the back of my mind.

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 small percentage of smuggled contraband is ever intercepted.

How do you even know the truck you're inspecting is a real truck for the transporter they represent?


Reported a few days ago...

'Ton of Marijuana Seized From Cloned UPS Truck in Arizona'

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,464484,00.html
 
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RE: Bringing Alcohol Into The US

Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:49 am



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 37):
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 36):
Have you ever had to go down to the jail and interview some drunk who was picked up the night before? Eccccccccccccchhhh! I'd rather get up close and personal with the Animal Rescue League or an oil refinery.


I know exactly what you're talking about. and you are, of course, quite right.

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