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Information on what I can / can't bring back into the United States from Canada.

lambretta76 Apr 11, 2010 07:31 PM

I'm taking a trip up to Montreal next week and that means one thing - Marche Jean Talon. To me, it's simply the best food market in North America.

I often do food shopping there and, as I'm driving, have brought much back across the border - and declared it all - without being stopped. But, I am curious if I'm in violation. (I've left the raw milk cheeses in Canada, but have brought back baked goods, fruits, etc.)

Does anyone have any definitive information on what can and can't be brought back from Canada when driving?

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    pengcast Apr 14, 2010 12:27 PM

    I think it can also depend on which state you are re-entering. I know both Hawaii and Washington state are tougher about the importation of food stuffs.

    1. Bryn Apr 11, 2010 09:14 PM


      But it makes me wonder what brie cheeses contain meat...

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      1. re: Bryn
        ravchaz Apr 12, 2010 12:21 PM

        Seems to me if you "declared it all" you are ipso facto not in violation. It is the Customs persons job to know the regulations. That's why we pay them. I also always declare everything I bring back when traveling outside the country. If it's something I'm not allowed to bring back, I have no problem with them confiscating it.

        1. re: ravchaz
          Indirect Heat Apr 12, 2010 05:09 PM

          Yep, that's what I do also. You'll find different folks confiscate different items. But largely, declare it, and generally most items will make it across.

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