wine into usa from canada?

Hi All,
Does anyone know how many bottles can be
a) legally carried accross the border into the USA from say BC?
b) what are the taxes/surcharges imposed, if any?
c) how many bottles are excluded from the taxes and surcharges ie. the allowance?

Many thanks in advance
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I have wines that I consider to be excellent 93 pointers...enough excuse?
Many gd/v.gd wines to be sourced there that USA are oblivious to.
....and they do not follow the Monolithic Fruit Bomb profile of us down below the border, they have nuance and subtilties from the get go.

....and thats not a dig at our wines here, which are special in their own way, its just a different style that IMHO is getting better ( and I guess it had to Wink )
If you do get asked to pay duty some lines that will help you -

Q: Do you have more than 2 bottles
A: Why yes, I wasn't planning on bringing these back, but I was given these as gifts to take back to relatives.

Q: Well how much are they worth
A: I don't know, maybe ten dollars each ... they're gifts from Candian frinds to relatives back home that I'm carrying.
i find that what they do not know does not hurt them......never had a problem and I usually pack about 6 per trip minimum. Worst comes to worse you pay the duty. Best case you walk out with some ridiculously underpriced (by US standards) super tuscans and brunellos.
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
Well don't quote me on this but basically you can carry across 2 x 750ml bottles, both of which are duty free. It is my understanding you can take more than that if you're willing to pay the duty on it. I understand the duty isn't much and is rarely collected.

That's the northbound rule. I have no idea what the southbound rule is.
Someone I know (let's say a friend) carried 18 bottles into Canada last January w/o a problem. When asked if they had any alcohol I believe my friend declared a bottle of champagne for an anniversary present and left it at that. Upon return, I believe 8 unconsumed or newly purchased bottles were brought back into the US w/o incident. I suppose if you don't follow the rules it is a risk, but either way, what's the worst that could happen?
Canada Wine Jail?
I have brought back several cases at a time from BC into Washington State. If you are required to pay duty, it is only about 20 cents a bottle. The last time I did this (in May) they told me that this duty applied as long as the produce was for personal consumption (ie: not for resale). When I asked him how much that would be, he thought for a minute and said about 5 cases a person.
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Originally posted by Pinot Envy:
Someone I know (let's say a friend) carried 18 bottles into Canada last January w/o a problem. When asked if they had any alcohol I believe my friend declared a bottle of champagne for an anniversary present and left it at that. Upon return, I believe 8 unconsumed or newly purchased bottles were brought back into the US w/o incident. I suppose if you don't follow the rules it is a risk, but either way, what's the worst that could happen?
Canada Wine Jail?


The risk is that if you get caught you can asked to pay fines on top of the duty. That isn't so bad, but your name will go into the database of people to be checked whenever entering the country, which is a serious pain in the behind. At least that's how its works in Oz.
Actually PE and Pauly, what usually happens when one is caught smuggling wine into Canada is a fine of twice the tax and duty is assessed, the wine is confiscated, and worst of all, I'm told, is that it is then poured out! Eek Eek Eek Frown Mad.

I'm glad I'm not a Canadian Customs officer, I couldn't live with myself....
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Originally posted by bman:
Actually PE and Pauly, what usually happens when one is caught smuggling wine into Canada is a fine of twice the tax and duty is assessed, the wine is confiscated, and worst of all, I'm told, is that it is then poured out! Eek Eek Eek Frown Mad.


They are supposed to pour confiscated wines and spirits away, but I know for a fact that (back in the UK at least) it doesn't always happen...

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