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#98017 - 02/23/05 04:56 PM bringing back beer  
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lakegirl Offline
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Can anyone tell me what the limit is on bringing back beer or rum?

#98018 - 02/23/05 05:09 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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We brought back 12 1.75's of One Barrel last November, but had it spread out among 6 travelers. The most Belikin I've seen come through the conveyer stateside has been a case, maybe once two of 'em.

#98019 - 02/23/05 06:33 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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From the US Customs & Border Protection website:

Alcoholic Beverages: One liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages may be included in your exemption if:
You are 21 years old.
It is for your own use or as a gift.
It does not violate the laws of the state in which you arrive.

Federal regulations allow you to bring back more than one liter of alcoholic beverage for personal use, but, as with extra tobacco, you will have to pay duty and Internal Revenue Service tax.

While Federal regulations do not specify a limit on the amount of alcohol you may bring back for personal use, unusual quantities are liable to raise suspicions that you are importing the alcohol for other purposes, such as for resale. CBP officers are authorized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to make on-the-spot determinations that an importation is for commercial purposes, and may require you to obtain a permit to import the alcohol before releasing it to you. If you intend to bring back a substantial quantity of alcohol for your personal use, you should contact the port through which you will be re-entering the country, and make prior arrangements for entering the alcohol into the United States.

Also, you should be aware that state laws might limit the amount of alcohol you can bring in without a license. If you arrive in a state that has limitations on the amount of alcohol you may bring in without a license, that state law will be enforced by CBP, even though it may be more restrictive than federal regulations. We recommend that you check with the state government before you go abroad about their limitations on quantities allowed for personal importation and additional state taxes that might apply.

In practice, me thinks it's a little more liberal

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#98020 - 02/24/05 12:56 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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I've brought back two cases of Belikin and several bottles of rum stashed in the ol suitcase and customs just waves you on through. I wouldn't worry unless you show back up with a keg in tow.

#98021 - 02/24/05 07:27 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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lakegirl Offline
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Hey everyone,
Just wondered if we could bring a couple of 12 packs back and didn't know what the "rule" was!

Thanks for all of your input smile

#98022 - 02/24/05 07:57 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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klcman Offline
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you won't find "12 packs" - in the sense to which you normally think of them

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#98023 - 02/24/05 10:20 PM Re: bringing back beer  
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RobertE Offline
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Lakegirl - Pickup a case or a couple of six packs all set for taking home at the first duty free shop on the right after you pass security at the airport in Belize city on the way home.

They have it all boxed up and set for you. When I brought back two case through Houston the customs officer asked "What's in the Boxes" I said "Belikin". He said "what's that?" I said "beer". He said " I hate beer, go ahead".

No problem and I got to enjoy my brews duty free

#98024 - 02/25/05 08:23 AM Re: bringing back beer  
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You mean I've been hiding bottles wrapped in dirty clothes in my dive bag when I could have just picked up an already boxed case at the airport? Thanks for the information.

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
#98025 - 02/25/05 08:34 AM Re: bringing back beer  
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When we were there 2 weeks ago, the only boxed beer I saw at the airport was the "Premium." I was glad I had packed a few of the "Regular."

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