Wine Across the Border

Old Sep 1st, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Wine Across the Border

I can't seem to find OFFICIAL laws on how much wine we can bring across the border to Canada and how much we can then bring back. I've seen different information on this, 1.5 liters and then 1 liter. I want to bring 1 bottle of wine over to Canada, which is 750ml. And possibly 2 bottles of wine back to the US.

Does someone have the official information or a link to the official websites?

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Old Sep 1st, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Here is what it says at the official customs website for visitors to Canada



Alcoholic beverages

You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol free of duty and taxes:

1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine;
1.14 litres (40 ounces) of liquor;
a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of wine and liquor; or
24 x 355 millilitre (12 ounces) cans or bottles (maximum of 8.5 litres) of beer or ale.
Note

We classify "cooler" products according to the alcoholic beverage they contain. For example, beer coolers are considered to be beer, wine coolers are considered to be wine. We do not consider beer and wine products not exceeding 0.5% alcohol by volume to be alcoholic beverage.
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Old Sep 1st, 2007, 02:46 PM
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Make sure you keep your receipts for the wine that you buy. I was asked for a receipt @ the border crossing for the bottle of wine that I had purchased in Canada & was bringing into the US(Peace Bridge Crossing).
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We cross the border to wine shop in the Niagara Region and have done so for several years... the duty on each bottle of wine is approximately 17 cents and the paperwork involved is much to bothersome for US customs... we usually bring 2 to 3 Cases each time we shop and the key is to be totally honest about your purchases and they will not bother you... keep the receipts just in case you have to pay the $2 a case but we have never, never been questioned about it...
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Our experience is similar to garyt22. We've been crossing over to British Columbia a couple of times a year, buying wine in the Okanagan. Depending on how much we have, they may wave us through or we may pay duty. Duty is cheap, as garyt22 advised. Recommendations: Save your receipts and be prepared to present them. Never, ever, be less than forthright about what you have. Make certain you declare it -- if it looks like they're going to just let you go without asking, I say don't. I have known of times when they are merely testing...and the per bottle price is so darned low that it doesn't pay at all not to be honest.

From U.S. to Canada, I don't know, sorry.

But your totals of 1 bottle to Canada and 2 bottles back are well under your limit, I'd say; fear not. We haven't worried about 6+ cases (which we do declare).
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Old Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:41 AM
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Thank you! This is all very helpful, I did not realize that about the receipts!
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