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Old 05-16-2016, 07:32 AM   #21
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David, what is excess alcohol???
Depends upon whether it's inside or outside of one I would guess.

But we might have two 1500 ml bottles of Bourbon (one open), one of vodka, one of rum (both open) and 4-5 bottles of wine.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:08 AM   #22
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Boat poker nailed it. We payed $55 duty on 4 opened bottles with 4 to 6 oz. in each. Also be prepared to pay $40+ for a case of beer ( bad for you ) so extra money to pay for your impending health cost same for smokes.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:23 AM   #23
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Just for fun, here are the Canadian Regulations for ships stores. Don't forget that to fully understand these reg's one must also read all the other reg's that are referred to in the document as with any government paper trail there are many apparent contradictions.
No wonder customs people are so inconsistent given some of the double-speak they have to contend with.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:25 AM   #24
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You guys are getting me worried.

Assuming minimal liquor, no firearms, no fresh fruit and no mace, what exactly is "everything" that I'd need to declare? No way do I want to piss off the fine border patrol officials!
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:29 AM   #25
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You guys are getting me worried.

Assuming minimal liquor, no firearms, no fresh fruit and no mace, what exactly is "everything" that I'd need to declare? No way do I want to piss off the fine border patrol officials!
Just be honest, declare what ever they ask for and as with all government, respond to no more than you are asked.
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:26 AM   #26
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But we might have two 1500 ml bottles of Bourbon (one open), one of vodka, one of rum (both open) and 4-5 bottles of wine.
In reality, only ONE of the 8-9 you listed is exempt. The rest are excess and subject to house rules.

In a way, I don't understand the fuss. You will have to replenish the stock at some point anyway so why not just leave the excess home and buy fresh up here.

An aside...
The owners and guests aboard a F55 arriving at the Customs dock Friday night must have had the same concerns as you and decided to remove all excess en route.
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Going from Canada into the US, customs don't worry too much about booze cause' only an idiot would buy booze at Canadian prices and take it to the US.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:51 AM   #28
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from the "Ships Stores" regulations brought to our attention by Boatpoker:

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  • 8Limited to 8.18 L (288 fluid ounces) for each person on board, for each week of a voyage
  • Return to footnote 9Limited to 1.14 L (40 fluid ounces) of spirits, or 1.14 L (40 fluid ounces) of wine and spirits, or 1.5 L (52 fluid ounces) of wine for each person on board, for each week of a voyage"
first is the limits for Ales and beers
second is for wines and spirits.


Anyone who finds a Customs agent familiar with these limits, gets a prize.
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #29
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We have NEXUS and check in by phone in both directions. Going north when I list the booze aboard they ask if it is for personal use and tell me to consider it as ships stores.

We regularly cross the border and this has always been the case. Is it due to our NEXUS enrollment?
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:20 PM   #30
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Don't know ab out those northerners, but if you go to the Bahamas - stock that puppy up!
With beer. Booze and wine are pretty cheap in the Bahamas.
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We went to Vancouver, BC last summer for an Andrea Bocelli concert. ON the way back we stopped at the duty free store and I bought about $400 worth of booze.


When we got to the customs guy he asked (among other questions) if we had anything to declare. I told him we'd stopped at the duty free and bought "some booze". He didn't ask how much and I didn't volunteer that info.


He waved us through.


Keep in mind that you're dealing with two different gubmint agencies. Customs, and Dept of Revenue. I don't think the customs guy was real interested in filling out a bunch of forms so the revenue guys could reap the benefit.
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With beer. Booze and wine are pretty cheap in the Bahamas.
Don't think so, unless you are into rum big time. Foreign liquor; whiskey, vodka, gin, is through the roof. Even Kalik is matched to just under imported US prices, especially Kalik Gold.
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Bob gets the prize, though Nexus guys are the best at waving folks right through.
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Nexus is great. The only problem is the time it takes to go for an interview. Have to wait until I retire.
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Awesome thread as I will be entering Canada in a few days.........Breaking open the new bottles now at Roche Harbor...
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Nexus is great. The only problem is the time it takes to go for an interview. Have to wait until I retire.
no need to wait. Fill out the form on line, a week later schedule an appointment, show up, interview takes 20 minutes and in 2 weeks you get your card.
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no need to wait. Fill out the form on line, a week later schedule an appointment, show up, interview takes 20 minutes and in 2 weeks you get your card.
Yeah, but the interview would cost me a day of work. Interview is in Seattle. With traffic being what it is, I lose a day, or at least a half day getting there and back.
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Don't think so, unless you are into rum big time. Foreign liquor; whiskey, vodka, gin, is through the roof. Even Kalik is matched to just under imported US prices, especially Kalik Gold.
Beer has always been that way in the Bahamas. And actually you can buy Kalik far cheaper in the states than you can in most of the Bahamas. Unless you're paying around $45-$55 a case in Jacksonville for it. Which is what you can end up paying for it as you get away from Nassau.

Booze I've never found to be that high. Especially, as you mentioned, rum.

Unless I've just gotten used to paying more for everything over there.
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It's all about taxes and Nanny states and countries. I can buy the big bottle of Jack Daniel's in Florida for $28 or pay $44 buying it 30 miles away from where it's made.
Wonder how much my favorite Scotch whiskey Johnny Walker Black cost where it's made ? No matter, I'm going to enjoy a wee dram however many taxes and tariffs are added to it's cost, after all it's a health drink like Quinness Extra Stout !
Capt.Bill rum is a bargain, it's the $4 a 2 liter jug of coke that hurts. Gone are the days of top shelf liquor in the Bahamas costing $1.50 a bottle.
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Nexus is great. The only problem is the time it takes to go for an interview. Have to wait until I retire.
Well, Nexus is great. However, our one time there it was impossible considering we and all our guests live in South Florida.
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