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Old 07-18-2019, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I think you can combine the first two answers -

“Yes, I am bringing in a single 375ml bottle of Scotch”.

They might then ask “any other alcohol” to which you can say “no”.

I haven’t brought in booze for a long time but in the early 90’s I brought back a lot, much of it undeclared...
This is true. I just wanted to point out to the OP that answering the questions -- as asked -- rather than trying to do the border guard's job for him is the way to go. But you're right and your way is the much more natural way of conversation.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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The guy in this video is an idiot. I’ve crossed over maybe 100 times over the years and you keep the answers short and direct. He seems like the kind of guy that also makes wisecracks to airport security.

Nowadays I get similar questions entering Canada on my US passport so yes, it’s the same.

People need to remember - you are entering a different country with different laws and you are a VISITOR and therefore not entitled to squat.

You can get a cranky border guy, but then just make the answers simpler. All he had to do was to provide an example store - going to xxx and yyy at the Outlet Mall.

Rule #1 in this video...shut up


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFRA...ature=youtu.be
The guy came off snarky when asked which stores he was visiting at the mall,i would have replyed all or most of them.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:55 AM
 
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The guy came off snarky when asked which stores he was visiting at the mall,i would have replyed all or most of them.
Look at it from the border guy’s point of view. If you are going for a drive to an outlet mall across an international border, it’s usually because you have a purchase in mind or stores you want to check out.

It would be easy to say “not sure what stores we are going to but we are looking for xxxx”

But if it appears that you have no idea then the odds are someone larger that you aren’t really going to the outlets. In which case...what are you really crossing over to do?
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:18 AM
 
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Look at it from the border guy’s point of view. If you are going for a drive to an outlet mall across an international border, it’s usually because you have a purchase in mind or stores you want to check out.

It would be easy to say “not sure what stores we are going to but we are looking for xxxx”

But if it appears that you have no idea then the odds are someone larger that you aren’t really going to the outlets. In which case...what are you really crossing over to do?
The Canadian border guards dont care what you are buying when you enter Canadas its the American border guards who care what you've bought on your trip to Canada.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:19 PM
 
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The Canadian border guards dont care what you are buying when you enter Canadas its the American border guards who care what you've bought on your trip to Canada.
Are you saying the Canadian border guards don't ask what residents are bringing back from the US? I've been asked every single time I've crossed into Canada, either as a Canadian resident or years later as a US resident.

I've never seen a customs authority as fixated on what people bring back in and its taxable amount as Canada's and I've traveled to many countries across 6 continents.
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Old Yesterday, 04:43 AM
 
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Are you saying the Canadian border guards don't ask what residents are bringing back from the US? I've been asked every single time I've crossed into Canada, either as a Canadian resident or years later as a US resident.

I've never seen a customs authority as fixated on what people bring back in and its taxable amount as Canada's and I've traveled to many countries across 6 continents.
Sure they'll ask what you are bring back from the USA but if you are an American coming to visit Canada they wont ask what you intend to buy while you are in Canada that would be what the American customs will ask on your return to the USA. And yeah those Canadian border guards can be quite anal when it comes to Canadians returning from a visit to the USA.

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Old Today, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Look at it from the border guy’s point of view. If you are going for a drive to an outlet mall across an international border, it’s usually because you have a purchase in mind or stores you want to check out.

It would be easy to say “not sure what stores we are going to but we are looking for xxxx”

But if it appears that you have no idea then the odds are someone larger that you aren’t really going to the outlets. In which case...what are you really crossing over to do?
The answer is simple... When asked, respond: I'm not sure, we're just going to walk around. A sunday outing.

Something along those lines.

I can't tell you how many times my mom crosses into the US to go "shopping" in Plattsburgh. It's not for any specific item, as she can find everything in Montreal -- it's just for a change of scenery.


As for the OP's question, a few years ago, I took my ex into Canada and we had alcohol in the car.

Officer: Any alcohol, tobacco, drugs, etc. etc.?

Me: I have alcohol.

Officer: Where is it?

Me: In the trunk.

Officer: Anything else?

Me: No.

Officer: Is it open?

Me: Yes.

Officer: Why is it open?

Me: We stopped at XYZ for a break and had a drink in the park.

Officer: How much do you have?

Me: I don't know sizes. Big bottle?

Officer: Okay, have a safe trip.


Short answers, and answer without being an ass.
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