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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2006, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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importing goods to US

i am going to Mexico later on this week, and am thinking i can get some nice cigars for cheap and liquor too.

question is: does anybody know what you can and cannot bring into the US and if there is a limit of any kind
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As long as you don't get caught, you should be able to bring in anything. Seriously, I've only been to Mexico twice, and brought back only a box of cigars, and 4 bottles of tequila first time, and the other time 5 bottles of tequila the 2nd time and had no problems at all.

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I bring in goods from South East Asia all the time. There is a $500 limit per person, at least that is what it use to be. Anything over that, you have to pay taxes on it.

You can bring in stuff as long as it is for personal use and not for resale, or you have to pay taxes on it. Alcohol and cigars are OK to bring in. I have brought in Cambodian spirits and tobacoo products with no problem at all.

What you can not bring in are seeds, fruits, plants (unless you get preaproved), meat products and anything else that are already illegal in the states. You can't bring in fresh fish but you can bring in smoked or dehydrated fish. You can't bring in fresh herbs but you can bring in dried herbs. You also can not bring in counterfeit items. When in doubt call them to be sure beforehand or they will confiscate it or worse fine you.

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You also can not bring in animal products on the endangered species list. I brought back a drum once made from python skin and they had to check the pattern to make sure it was not an endangered species. Ivory stuff from elephants and rhinos are a defenite no no. Again if in doubt call to be sure.

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Just put it in the luggage you're checking in, and you should be fine.

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The resort will let you know and you will have to fill out a customs slip. It is like 2 bottles and 200 cigarettes per person not sure about cigars. If you know anyone with a canadian passport they can bring in Cubans. The price is not much better down there. Have fun
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200 cigarettes is what one carton of smokes? The duty free will sell you up to 4 cartons I believe. I have brought back as many as 8 cartons, I'm not a smoker but I resell them to smokers or give them away as gifts.

Not sure about alcohol as I have never brought back more than one or two bottles as it is too much trouble.

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Everything that you should need to know can be obtained from the US Customs Service website here.

In brief, the limits are 200 cigarettes OR 100 cigars, and one liter of alcohol, per trip. You're supposed to pay tax on anything above that.

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cuban cigars are not not permitted to be brought back, but you can always remove the bands and either throw them away or mail them back home. without bands it might be hard for them to prove they are cuban. i would not bring back more than a box though.
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