Has anybody brought back more Cigarettes than allowed by US Custims? If so, did you run into any problems? We will be in St. Thomas and want to stock up. Heard that even if you get caught, with the added duty they are still cheaper than in the states.
If you pay the duty they are still cheaper than many places in NY. If they are not declared
and duty not paid, you may find them to be very expensive as fines are not simply paying the duty and they might get confiscated. This is something I would look into carefully, not via answers on a message board, before you consider breaking the law.
diane c I believe on a eastern caribbean you're allowed 5
cartons per person as long as they're bought either on
the ship or in the U.S.V.I the price on the ship last nov.2005
was 5 cartons for $74.95. I have seen them in st.marteen for
$29.95 for 4 cartons
Eastern Carib is better. You can bring back 5 cartons per person. Western Carib is one carton only.
I was in San Juan two weeks ago and got 4 cartons of benson and Hedges for 53.00 right at the Duty Free Store at the Port.
I've never had a problem clearing customs. I pack Cuban cigars and cigarettes all the time. Not once has anyone looked in my suitcase. That's why one of my suitcases is half empty when I leave, and full when I get home.
We brought back 5 cartons (allowed one each) from a Western Carrib cruise last year and nobody even asked for the declaration! I made sure to put them on there and had money handy but nobody wanted it. It was the same situation the previous year. I think as long as you're not trying to bring home 40 or 50 of them, you're ok. They really don't have the time or the desire to bust the little guys.