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Old March 31st, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Does any know how many bottles of liquor you are allowed to bring back into the states? Any other restrictions we should know about? We are flying into Puerto Rico for the Southern Caribbean cruise on adventures of the seas in 4 days!
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Depends where you buy it.

Google US Customs allowances....

BUT...it is 1 bottle per person....UNLESS you buy ONE that was made in St. Thomas, then you can bring an additional 4 bottles.......(it's got a fancy technical name like repatriation of US made goods.....)

Now...you can bring whatever you want but MAY have to pay duty. Sometimes, if you are honest and say I have 3...they will just let you go.....

the tax is NOT much....if you had to pay it.

BTW unless you buy booze on the sterile side of the airport at a duty free..you can NOT carry it on board.....

Best to ONLY buy what you can safely pack. Do NOT listen to the people on the ship who will say you can carry it on...you can't!

They DO sell inflatable bags on some ships.....so you sould put your stuff in those and pack it in your luggage....

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Wow, meg, that was an impressive response.

You are a wealth of knowledge in this area.

You're my hero.

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thanks rover......

not like i ever bring home booze.............

i've never had to pay extra duty..........but coming home from Canada once,got to US Customs...TOLD the guy we had 3 bottles and a case of beer...and how much is the duty sir???

SIR says...uh, you can only bring back 1 per person..don't do it again.

Like what a nut! the Customs guy can't read the rules...right on the piece of paper! silly.
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In Puerto Rico we bought two bottles of Crown Royal plus they threw in a mickey. They told us we can take the mickey on board because it had a plastic top and will not beep when they scan us. My oldman put the little bottle in his pocket and got it thru

The two bottles got sent to the ship.
Another thing that happened was ...we went BB, so the Friday afternoon oldman went to the liquer store on the ship and bought a bottle scotch. They assumed we were getting off the ship. That evening when we went to get briefed on the what's taking place as to our departing off the ship and going thru immigration, the guy asked if anyone bought alcholol. He winked and said that you are not allowed to have alchohol in your stateroom, so keep your mouth zipped if you did.

Oldman was mighty pleased with himself for pulling that one off.
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Assuming you're not flying, you can bring back 'almost' as much as you want. You'll pay duty over the 'limit' seem to remember that if you hit the US Virgin Islands, as long as a bottle is from there, you can bring back 5 half liter bottles duty free. After that you "should' pay duty, but that's totally up to the customs guy when you go through. I've brought back literally a case about 3 times. Miami asked for a count and charged me $20 for the case. Norfolk just let me through. no questions. Tampa, the guy said . . "you have 4? I said I had 12 . . he said "No . . you 'have' 4 .. right?" (that being the duty free limit there). guess he didn't want to do the paperwork . .
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The limit is $800 and 2 litres of alcohol if one of them was produced in the Caribbean basin or Andean countries.

Antigua.and.Barbuda. Guatemala
Aruba. Guyana
Bahamas. Haiti
Barbados. Honduras
Belize. Jamaica
Bolivia. Montserrat
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Dominican.Republic.. Saint.Kitts.and.Nevis
Ecuador. Saint.Lucia
El.Salvador. Saint.Vincent.and.the.Grenadines.
Grenada. Trinidad.and.Tobago

If you return directly or indirectly from a US possession (like the USVI, Samoa or Guam ... what happened to the Marianas?) the limit is $1600, but only $800 from come from Caribbean/Andean but only $200 if from outside of that area.

You can bring 1000 cigarettes, but 800 of them must be from the US possession. You can bring 5 litres of which one must be from the US possession They make Vodka and Rum in the USVI
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Unless things have changed (and I don't think they have) Alcohol purchased in San Juan does not count toward your allowance.
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For those who are flying. Please note the following from the TSA website. Does anyone know if Cruzan rum factory will ship rum? How many is it to ship?
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...rial_1189.shtm
Carrying Alcohol In Your Checked Baggage

Please note, you can’t take alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol content (140 proof), including 95% grain alcohol and 150 proof rum, in your checked luggage.

You may take up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24% and 70% per person as checked luggage if it’s packaged in a sealable bottle or flask.

Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content are not subject to hazardous materials regulations.
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I can get Cruzan rum in my local supermarket, most of the flavors anyway. Would it be practical to ship it home?
Bear in mind when you add bottles to your checked luggage you are probably going to exceed the weight limits and incur an extra charge.
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you have to check the rules for your state........some states don't allow liquor to be shipped.....there are lots of weird rules.........
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I can get Cruzan rum in my local supermarket, most of the flavors anyway. Would it be practical to ship it home?
Bear in mind when you add bottles to your checked luggage you are probably going to exceed the weight limits and incur an extra charge.
The Cruzan Single Barrel estate rum is one of my favorites. It goes for about $30 here plus sales taxes. It's much cheaper on the cruise ship. I'm guessing the factory would have great deals on it to.
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Just last week I went to the local* liquor warehouse, and bought the same brand/flavor/size of rum that I bought on the ship, and paid $2 more + tax. Sure, it was a bit more, but considering that getting it duty free would have cost me more, I was more than happy to pay the $5 extra.


*Local being 2 counties away, where the brands/styles of liquor/wine on sale is at least 5x the local store, and the taxes are MUCH lower.
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Just last week I went to the local* liquor warehouse, and bought the same brand/flavor/size of rum that I bought on the ship, and paid $2 more + tax. Sure, it was a bit more, but considering that getting it duty free would have cost me more, I was more than happy to pay the $5 extra.


*Local being 2 counties away, where the brands/styles of liquor/wine on sale is at least 5x the local store, and the taxes are MUCH lower.
Sales tax here just went to 8.75% today. So I probably save more the most because of being over taxed in California.
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