alasdair1982
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What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:32 pm

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?

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tennis69
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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:08 am

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".
 
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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:18 am

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.
 
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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:29 pm

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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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:50 am

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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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:24 am

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.
 
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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:54 am

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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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:33 pm

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).
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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:25 pm

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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RE: What Do I Need To Declare On Entry To The USA?

Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:28 pm

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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