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Old March 6th, 2002, 12:55 PM
Jerry & Ginny
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We'll be taking our first (7 day) cruise to the Western Carribean later this year. Can anyone tell us what the limits are on Liquor and merchandise being brought back to the U.S., as well as what we can expect to pay for anything in excess of the limits.
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Old March 6th, 2002, 01:16 PM
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Default Re: Import Duty

Generally, the following applies (pulled it off a web page):

Travelers 21 or older may bring back 1 liter of alcohol duty-free, provided the beverage laws of the state through which they reenter the United States allow it. In some Caribbean Countries, 2 liters are allowed, and in the case of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 5 liters are allowed. In both cases, one of the liters must be a product of that country.

My wife and I went to the Eastern Caribbean last year (1st cruise) and this is what I remember then too. I think the limit is $600 if you've been gone over 48 hrs, but anything over 2 litres you still pay a tariff.

The URL is: http://www.fodors.com/cruise/arrdep/customs.cfm
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Old March 8th, 2002, 11:30 AM
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From what i remember from 2000. You can bring back one bottle each except in Jamaica you can bring back one from there also.The problem being you have to carry all these bottles in your carry ons. it gets quite heavy with the bottles. We bought carry ons with wheels now. haha Have a great cruise. Char
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Old March 16th, 2002, 10:20 AM
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Default Re: Import Duty

hi, just returned yesterday from a cruise and as stated above the duty free limits are $600 per person which can be combined with other members of your family. Exceptions being St. Thomas when the duty free allowance goes up to $1200 pp. Anything over these allowances are charged at a straight 10% even on liquor, but then you have to talk to the customs men before leaving the ship. Liqour purchased in Coz. will be boxed up for you for easy carrying, hope this helps, any ???s please ask......jean
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