Bringing alchol back to the US from Mexico.

allstar22

Active Member
Does anyone know how many bottles of tequila I can bring back to the US from Mexico? I was hoping to buy at least 6 bottles while in Cabo to bring back to San Diego. The 6 bottles will cost about 120.00. It is pomigrante (sp?) tequila, so yummy, about 19.00 bottle in Mexico, 43.00 a bottle at Bev-Mo. Help I'm leaving in about a month.
 

Judi

Well-Known Member
The only time we bring liquor back with us is if we drive to the port. Trying to schlepp it through the airport just isn't worth it for us. We always have too much luggage! ;)

That being said, when we went out of Cape Liberty in 2008, we brought back a ton of Absolut....well, actually about 10 litres. We declared all of it on our form, but they never even asked about it and didn't charge us a penny.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
Regardless of the $800.00 per person duty-free exemption if you've been out of the country for over 48 hours, you are only allowed to bring back one litre of alcoholic beverages per person. If you are going to attempt to bring in more, be sure to pack it securely and place it in your checked luggage, not your carry-ons. The bottles definitely will be confiscated by the TSA at the airport.
 

Judi

Well-Known Member
We had two of the 4-litre boxes....we bought the Absolut on board RCCL because it was a huge savings.

As I said, we claimed all of it and were ready to pay the duty, but they never asked for a penny!

We calculated what we would have paid back here and even if we had to pay the duty, it would have been far cheaper.
 

Irish Girl

Well-Known Member
Bringing alcohol to California: http://www.abc.ca.gov/permits/importing.html


  • Travel by Steamship or Airplane Adults traveling into California from a foreign country by steamship or airplane may bring with them a reasonable amount of alcoholic beverages for personal or household use. A reasonable amount is not more than 60 liters (approximately five cases). [SIZE=-1](ABC agreement with U.S. Customs)[/SIZE]
 

broberts

Active Member
You can bring back as much alcohol as you can carry. You may, however, have to pay duty on it. You might think that your question is relatively straight forward but it actually isn't.

I suggest that you read this pamphlet from U S Customs and Border Protection. Their web site has several useful resources for travelers.
 

bob

Community Manager
Staff member
Probably the standard flat rate for Canada and Mexico, 3% get a receipt for it and declare anything over the first bottle, may or may not get stuck with paying the duty, but as long as you have declared it no big fines, also the duty free is per person so each one in your party over 21 can bring back one bottle.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/paying_duty.xml
 

MisterD21

If you take me serious, it's your problem
So from what i am reading... we are at the mercy of the attending customs agent?? so if, he got off to a bad start in the morning he might charge the duty , and if he got lucky on his mid morning break he may not??? is that how i should interpret this??


If so i guess the best thing you could do is bring back what you want, but be prepared to pay the duty.... and be grateful and happy if you dont..:whistle::huh::scratch:
 

broberts

Active Member
So from what i am reading... we are at the mercy of the attending customs agent?? so if, he got off to a bad start in the morning he might charge the duty , and if he got lucky on his mid morning break he may not??? is that how i should interpret this??


If so i guess the best thing you could do is bring back what you want, but be prepared to pay the duty.... and be grateful and happy if you dont..:whistle::huh::scratch:
In my experience, pretty much. My suspicion is that if you are a bottle or two over the paperwork hassle isn't worth it to most agents. However, I seem to recall one friend who brought back nine liters of liquor and didn't pay any duty. Of course she was a 10 and that might have figured into it. :biggrin:
 

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