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Mike Wehrman January 20th, 2002 07:36 PM

bringing liquor back to Texas
At the orientation to the RC ship, the host told us not to worry about bringing alcohol back to Texas from a foreign country because all you have to do is pay duty on it, and it was a small percentage. But, a port cop told me Texas only allows 1 bottle, and any more would be siezed rather than you being charged duty. What's the deal?

pamda January 21st, 2002 11:05 AM

Re: bringing liquor back to Texas
Hi, Mike ...

I've e-mailed an authentic Texan to pop over here -- I hope he can answer you.

I have, however, seen him get off a ship with more than one bottle per person and I have a strong feeling that if they'd been confiscated I'd have heard about it.

It's also difficult to imagine "hooch police" and how they would operate.

pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor

Divetex January 21st, 2002 11:20 AM

Re: bringing liquor back to Texas

At Pam's request, here's the best I can offer.

When we cross the border into Mexico, adults are allowed to bring back one liter of booze, duty-free. We can bring back as many additional bottles as we want, as long as we pay duty on them. I can't imagine it being any different coming off a ship in Galveston or Houston. That's a federal law, not a Texas law. Hope this helps.


aj February 21st, 2002 07:44 AM

Re: bringing liquor back to Texas
I was on the Rhapsody over Thanksgiving and I had no problem at all. I had 3 bottles of Kahlua, a bottle of Crown and a bottle of Champaign they never asked me we had it on our customs form. There were many others carrying it off in the boxed carriers no problems I guess it depends on the day and what mood they are in.

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