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Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

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Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

I'm flying to Mexico for 2 weeks on Sunday. In my checked luggage I have a 4L box of wine--is this going to cause me any problems with the US Customs pre-clearance at YYZ? Do I declare it and hope I don't get a power-mad agent (we have an early flight, not enough time for secondary inspections) or just keep mum?

I'm allowed to bring 6L of alcohol into Mexico, it's just the US Customs I'm worried about.

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1. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

Just declare it. You are allowed only 1L duty free, but can bring in as much as you want by paying duty, which last I checked was $2.85 per liter. (Can vary based on % alcohol). Chances are they will not bother with the paperwork for $9 of revenue and will just waive you on. Do not "keep mum". If they find it they can confiscate it and fine you.

I've brought in as much as 20 liters many times and probably only get sent to secondary to pay about 50% of the time. This was via car, but the rules are the same.

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2. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

Don't people usually BUY alcohol in Mexico because it is much cheaper than in their home countries?? Most folks from Canada tell me they pay very high prices there for any alcohol. You might just buy some in the USA or in Mexico to save some money instead of bringing it all the way from home!

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3. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

And wine in a "box"...

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4. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

Ah, "Chateau de Cardboard" .... brings back memories of my youth, when quantity counted for more than quality (when it came to grog anyway lol)

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5. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

but MT, take it from me, in this time of a grape glut and wine over production in aus lots of good wine goes into the 'box' so as not to devalue the bottled version.

so dont discount all of it (no pun intended).

same with cleanskins which have become the new 'box'.

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6. Re: Transiting US with more than 1L of alcohol

I agree, if you insist on still transporting it....(Heavy and not much of a deal..) certainly declare it...You DO NOT want to be found failing to declare. The consequences can be huge.

Not worth it...on many levels.

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