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May 16, 2005 09:22 PM

Wine from France to US?

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Will we be able to bring bottles of wine back with us from Paris?


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    Sure will. The last time we were in France we stuffed an entire carry on full of wine, and didn't have a problem (and we declared the wine).

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    1. re: IamJacksBrain

      Thanks...and sorry about the double post!! My computer burped and I didn't think the first one had gone through. :)

    2. Depends on the laws of the state where you clear customs.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Are you sure, Melanie? Customs is federal, no matter where you clear...

        That being said, I have brought lots of wine into the US, and never had a problem, even when over the limit. I do declare everything fully each time.

        The US Customs website explains the rules clearly.

        1. re: Nina W.

          Yes, I'm sure. Customs officers are required to enforce state laws regarding importation of alcohol. That is, until the states sort out the recent Supreme Court ruling which end up being interpreted very narrowly and inapplicable to this situation. Some states require you to have an importer's license if you bring back more than the Federal duty-free amount. Without it, the wine will be confiscated and you can also be fined or arrested on felony charges.

          Luckily I live in Calif. and that's not the case here.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Generally, this rule is winked at... customs agents are often moved around and may not know the rules, so it tends to be treated quite lightly. Of course, YMMV.

      2. Found it -- here's a link to the Customs webpage which says that state law will be enforced.


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