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My friend is going on an Alaskan cruise this summer, and is planning on bringing in his luggage from his flight in the U.S. to Vancouver about a half dozen bottles in “wine-diapers” to then go on his cruise, which NCL allows for a $15 corkage fee.  How “risky” is this regarding Canadian immigration, etc.?

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btw, I believe that is 2 x 750ml duty free per person.  Since there are two adults here I presume you can bring 4 x 750ml in together as a couple.  That only leaves 2 x 750ml potentially exposed.  As STEVE8 pointed out I've gone over the limit by a bottle or two and gotten a sympathetic agent who waived me on after hearing my sob story of why I went over the limit.

wineismylife posted:

btw, I believe that is 2 x 750ml duty free per person.  Since there are two adults here I presume you can bring 4 x 750ml in together as a couple.  That only leaves 2 x 750ml potentially exposed.

Correct and it would take a serious asshole of an agent to charge for the 2 bottles in this case.

I think there is a cap on the amount of tax they are able to charge in BC, i.e. 102%, but to a maximum of $15 a bottle (I'm making up the number).  In Ontario it's around 60% on the whole thing, with no cap.  IN either case, if you're only visiting and are only a bottle or two over, I think it unlikely that they'd charge you, though you never know. 

As others have pointed out, you can bring 2 x 750 ml bottles each without paying duty or tax. 

After that, here is what British Columbia charges per bottle:

Customs Duty:$0.00 on U.S. wine, $0.03 on most other wine
Excise Duty:$0.47
GST:

5% of (purchase price + customs duty + excise duty)

BC Liquor Board Fee:85% of (purchase price + customs duty + excise duty) with a minimum fee of $1.83 and a maximum of $12.75
PST:10%

 

 

But hopefully you'll get a sympathetic customs agent and you won't be charged for the extra bottles.

steve8 posted:
wineismylife posted:

btw, I believe that is 2 x 750ml duty free per person.  Since there are two adults here I presume you can bring 4 x 750ml in together as a couple.  That only leaves 2 x 750ml potentially exposed.

Correct and it would take a serious asshole of an agent to charge for the 2 bottles in this case.

They're out there. 

mneeley490 posted:
steve8 posted:
wineismylife posted:

btw, I believe that is 2 x 750ml duty free per person.  Since there are two adults here I presume you can bring 4 x 750ml in together as a couple.  That only leaves 2 x 750ml potentially exposed.

Correct and it would take a serious asshole of an agent to charge for the 2 bottles in this case.

They're out there. 

Yes, but probably the exception.  Best to declare all bottles though.  I went through Lewiston on the weekend and an agent told me they had $60K and $90K WINE SEISURES in the last couple of months...  Guys going through Nexus with lots of good juice, not declared...  Losing their Nexus card will be the least of their worries, ha. 

Here’s our result from last summer: we “Declared” the extra four bottles, and as a result had to go on a “different” line than other US citizens with nothing to declare. When we got to the front of the line, the agent asked why we were on that line, and I explained we had eight bottles of wine instead of only the four bottles allowed duty free. He asked why we had so many, and I explained we’re going on a cruise, and we like to have one bottle each night with dinner. He then let us through without having to pay any duty.

As a separate issue, most cruise lines allow only two bottles per cabin, and that’s subject to a corkage fee. We were sailing on NCL, and they have no limit, subject to a very reasonable corkage fee of only $15 per bottle, charged at embarkation. Now with Covid-19 who knows what will happen?

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