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Old 05-30-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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Once again I turn to all the nice people at City Data in hope to find another important answer

I happen to turn into an age friends and family think is worth celebrating this summer, this in combination with me moving across the Atlantic ocean apparently make my family and friends feel like they have to give me gifts. Which of course is very nice of them, but quite unnecessary since I have spent the last weeks trying to get rid of all the things I have managed to collect over the years...

The only gift I can think of that I would like to bring to Idaho is fine scotch since I know that it can be both hard to find and expensive in the US. Therefore I would like to know how many bottles - if any - I'm allowed to bring with me. I tried to google for it, but I only found regulations not applicable to personal use. Is there any City Data reader that knows the answer?

It would be a shame if I ended up with a few bottles of fine scotch that I'm not allowed to bring with me. I don't expect to get any large quantities, but maybe a bottle or three...I'm not a big drinker by any means, but I do enjoy a good whiskey once in a while.

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joox
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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I don't know the full, final answer or all the details about what to do, but I found this site .

TTB Personal Importation of Beverage Alcohol Products

To contact Idaho officials to check on any applicable state rules, there is contact info here.

Idaho State Police - Alchohol Beverage Control

You might have to also check with US Customs about taxes, etc.
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/va...aying_duty.xml

And this link suggests the laws of the state where you first arrive may be involved as well.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/va...holicBeverages

Maybe your Embassy can give general advice or help.

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Old 05-30-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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NW Crow: Thanks for the information. I did find the TTB link during my google search, but I had a hard time finding out what was applicable in my case. Most of the text is regarding import of alcoholic beverages for restaurants and such. I will read through the information once again though.

I did find out through a friend in Idaho that the import limit is 1 liter. I find it kind of odd to have a limit in the metric system, but it can be that my friend was nice to convert the limit for me. Either way, it made my wish-list short since it seems like I can only bring one bottle.
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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Ok, good that you already found that one site; and you are welcome.

As I read it, the TTB link is basically says you can do it for personal use, subject to state law and payment of duty and federal excise taxes.

It looks like the first liter may be exempt from duty but then, at least in general, you can bring more according to my 3rd link near the end of the page. But perhaps Idaho limits it to 1 liter, if that is what your friend said / meant. You could check with the state if you felt you wanted to confirm the limit.

But I am not sure how any of the rules might vary for US citizens vs visitors. Complicated.

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Old 05-30-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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Joox,
As far as I know, it's one liter, but you'll need to wrap it carefully and put it in a suitcase that'll be checked--if you put it in your carry-on it'll be confiscated as a "liquid" when you go through security! That is if you already have the bottle, but if you plan on buying it at the Duty-Free shop at the airport, you'll have to carry it through US customs with your other carry-on items and then put it in your suitcase before your baggage gets transferred to the domestic flight to your final destination, because you'll have to go through security again on your way through transit! Hope I made myself clear--if not, DM me!
But I have had no problem buying good Scotch in the US--if you go to BevMo you'll find a great selection, and cheaper than Sweden. If you want to bring something you can't get here, bring your favorite flavor of Aquavit!
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Slightly off topic, but most don't know that it is illegal to buy alcohol in another state and bring it into Utah. Seems like it would be difficult to enforce, and I wonder if it is. Surprisingly, you CAN bring it in from a foreign country if you clear customs. Those wacky Utah liqour laws!
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