How much can I bring back?

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Mar 21st, 2002, 07:18 PM
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How much can I bring back?

What's the import limit for wine/brandy to the USA - One litre ? one bottle? One case?
 
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Mar 21st, 2002, 08:05 PM
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Practically speaking, as much as you can carry home physically in your luggage.

There are two sets of laws - - customs establishes how much you can bring before tyou have to pay "duty" ("federal excise tax?") - - but they seem to never enforce it.

Your own states's Alcoholic Beverage Commission has jurisdiction over whether you can import alcoholic beverages at all - - and they have been known to confiscate everything you bring back with you.

Here's a reference which gets further and further dated - - but is still essentially correct, I believe.

Previously posted about two years ago, and a little out of date then:

"Getting Your Wine Through Customs"

http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Sp...ollecting.html

It seems to be the consensus in both this article and all over this forum that it is essentially impossible to ship wine home.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
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Mar 24th, 2002, 02:37 PM
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Mar 24th, 2002, 05:45 PM
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I just returned from Budapest today, and the export rules are that you are entitled to bring back 2 bottles of liquor (including wine) per person duty free. You are supposed to declare the additional bottles, and the duty fee would be 4% of the sale price. Of course, if you don't declare it and don't get caught, then you won't pay anything. I entered the US through Chicago, and Customs was making about 1 out of every 6 people open their suitcases this afternoon.
 
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