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Bringing Alcohol Across the US border?

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Bringing Alcohol Across the US border?

Is alcohol and tobacco allowed to be brought across to the border in a car?
Would they even ask?

Second Part is that my friends and I are 19 and 20 yr olds, would that have a factor as well considering drinking age is 21 in US?


Thanks for any feedback!!
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you can bring alchohol across the border but it has to be declared and under a certain amount. Considering your underage there you will probably have a big problem with that one. I know my parents used to bring whiskey and rum they didnt drink on vacation back. Plus duty free! This is just from my memory so i could be 100% wrong on this one but i think im 50/50. I will try to look it up.
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You probably shouldn't try to bring booze across. They might take it from you.

And if you don't tell them about it and they find it you might have a problem with them. Don't give them any excuses to screw with you.

Tobacco I don't think you'll have any problems with as the smoking age is 18 in the US. If you're just bringing across like single packs for your own use they probably won't care. If you're briing entire cartons then that might be a different story.
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Here you go

http://www.visitwindsor.com/before%20yo ... #cdnreturn

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Canadians returning to Canada from the U.S., after an absence of more than 24 but less than 48 hours are allowed to bring back $50 Can. worth of goods duty free, per person. (This exemption does not include tobacco and alcohol products.) Those away for more than 48 hours may bring back $200 worth of goods; $750 worth of goods may be brought back duty free after an absence of 7 days. (The latter two exemptions do allow for tobacco and alcohol products.) For more information, call Canada Border Services Agency at any time, seven days a week:

Within Canada - 1-800-461-9999 (English) or 1-800-959-2036 (French);
Outside Canada - (506) 636-5064 (English) or (506) 636-5067 (French)

... or visit their web site at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Canadians entering the United States may take one litre of liquor (must be 21 years of age) and one carton of cigarettes (must be 19 years of age) free of duty.

Citizens of other countries returning to their country of origin should check with that country's Customs officials prior to traveling to Canada, to determine allowances. If already in Canada, contact a Canadian travel agency for assistance or any Duty Free Store.
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you need to be 21 to buy stuff at the duty free in canada to take to the u.s.

you need to be 19 to buy stuff at the duty free in the u.s., but you have to have stayed in the U.S for a min of 48 hrs (2 days) to bring back a 24 of beer, or a litre of alcohol, or a carton of cigarettes.

I've brought back stuff before (purchased at the cdn duty free, taken over to the u.s., and brought back later that day). If they search your car, you're screwed. I've always been lucky, but I'm never gonna try to sneak anything back -- it's not worth the risk.
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The link in my signature will forward you to the official government document that details all your travel exemptions and general information about the Customs Process.

Anything you read in the I Declare guide should be believed and trusted over ANYTHING you read on RFD.
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If they catch you smuggling.
your flagged, for next time.

prepare to bend over every time you cross > :(
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feet_ wrote:If they catch you smuggling.
your flagged, for next time.

prepare to bend over every time you cross > :(
Bending over everytime, no.

Flagged for next time? Try next 5 years.
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i thought it was only 3 but i will take your word for it.
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mrfrostyman wrote:i thought it was only 3 but i will take your word for it.
3-5, depends on the type of enforcement action.
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Thanks for the info. We won't take our chances, we'll wait next summer when we're 21! :|
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as stated above the US Duty free shop is the ONLY place in America where you can legally buy booze at the age of 19 provided it is going to be taken with you to Canada.

Likewise Canada Duty free is the only place you need to be 21 to buy booze
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GangStarr wrote:as stated above the US Duty free shop is the ONLY place in America where you can legally buy booze at the age of 19 provided it is going to be taken with you to Canada.
Correct, BUT you have to have stayed in the US for at LEAST 48 hours to bring back booze.
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tigger03 wrote:Correct, BUT you have to have stayed in the US for at LEAST 48 hours to bring back booze.
You can just drive over and bring back booze/smokes if you wanted. You will just have to pay duty on it that's all. I think the limit is 40 L per day in Ontario.
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spawnr wrote:You can just drive over and bring back booze/smokes if you wanted. You will just have to pay duty on it that's all. I think the limit is 40 L per day in Ontario.
Is it worth doing it this way? Or is it cheaper to just buy it at the LCBO? Cheaper = the price of gas set aside.
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