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Wine from France to US?

Nina May 16, 2005 09:22 PM

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


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    Melanie Wong May 17, 2005 02:48 PM

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

    Link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vac...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Nina W. May 17, 2005 05:48 PM

      Thanks. Makes sense.

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      Melanie Wong May 17, 2005 02:00 AM

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

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Nina W. May 17, 2005 12:54 PM

        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.
          Melanie Wong May 17, 2005 02:17 PM

          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
            Das Ubergeek May 17, 2005 04:17 PM

            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.

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        IamJacksBrain May 16, 2005 09:32 PM

        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
          Nina May 17, 2005 12:06 AM

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

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