Declaring alcohol at the border ?

2/22/15 @ 2:28 PM
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flint fredstone
flint fredstone
USER since 4/10/12
Just a question in the WTF zone. If I am crossing into Canada with a bottle of Canadian made Whiskey and it says " product of Canada " on it why do I need to declare it ?
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8/4/15 @ 6:17 AM
fishies
fishies
USER since 1/2/12
Fling, Check your messenger.

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8/2/15 @ 6:19 PM
by the finn
by the finn
USER since 9/4/01
been to Canada 16x ....u going to fish or drink??? never had an issue...and I enjoy both....u ask for problems they will find u...its their country not ours...respect it, enjoy it, bottoms up

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8/2/15 @ 6:03 PM
flint fredstone
flint fredstone
USER since 4/10/12
Just an update to my original question. The Canadian Customs people didn't even notice the extra booze. I pulled up to the checkpoint with a 3' long bong and a loaded AK 47 propped up in the backseat. They didn't even ask if I had alcohol to declare ! KIDDING!! just got back both crossings were very short and sweet !

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5/25/15 @ 7:13 PM
ditto
ditto
USER since 12/6/10
With all the great beers only available in Canada why would you worry about bringing American beer in?

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5/25/15 @ 6:12 PM
fishhook
fishhook
USER since 9/16/01
To each his own sarge.

I go to Canada twice a year and fish pretty serious for 8 days. Nothing said we can't have more than a few cold beers around the camp fire at night.

You want a few beers in the boat? Then that's your choice.

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5/25/15 @ 5:12 PM
drptine
drptine
USER since 6/6/07
I agree you never want to worry about the booze. We always make sure we bring in more than enough so we aren't concerned with running out.

Edited on 5/25/15 5:13 PM
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5/25/15 @ 1:20 PM
ol sarge
ol sarge
USER since 3/8/04
Canada is not the US and you must obey their laws. I think that too many Americans forget that. Concentrate on what is important about going to Canada, the fishing and don't worry about the booze. Just my 2 cents.

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5/25/15 @ 12:25 PM
ditto
ditto
USER since 12/6/10
If you can't afford to spend the small amount of duty on your booze then I suggest you stay home.

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5/25/15 @ 9:55 AM
drptine
drptine
USER since 6/6/07
Being tore apart is random. Nothing to do if you have 8 cases of beer for four guys or two cases of beer for four guys. Just be honest and you will have no problems. I have crossed the border better than a hundred times and have only been torn apart once. I make it a rule to never cross on a Saturday if I can help it.

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5/25/15 @ 9:43 AM
Summers Off
Summers Off
USER since 5/9/06
According to the duty calculator, I would pay $30.87 of duty for a $25, 1.75 L bottle of Captain Morgan's Rum (70 proof or 35% alcohol). So that bottle of captain is about $60 plus tax in Ontario or $56 to bring and declare (above and beyond the 1 L you get to bring duty free).

Looks like you save about $10 per 1.75 L you declare. What is your time worth?

Now that being said, we bring what is allowed duty free and buy beer in Ontario. I have been going to Ontario for 14-15 years. Some year we even take two trips. About 5-6 years ago, we had a little more of a party group and we had extra beer and extra bottles. Two rigs with 3 guys in each. First rig straight through, didn't even have to pay duty. My rig, was not so lucky. We got pulled in and tore apart. They unloaded the entire truck, the suit cases, coolers...everything. They went through the cab of the truck under the hood, in the back of the box, even let the spare tire down. Then they moved onto the boat. Took everything out of my storage went through the storage areas with flash lights and a fine tooth comb. Opened tackle boxes up, took rods our of travel cases. Even dumped our crawlers out of the bedding and onto a tarp.

It took the two boarder agents about an 90 minutes to go through everything. Took us about 35-40 minutes to repack everything. When were were all done, we still had to go inside and pay our duty....this took another 20-25 minutes.

Not worth my time or energy to repack the truck and boat to save $15 or $20 so we now just bring the 1 L per man of booze and buy a couple cases of beer when we get into Ontario.

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