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Old 06-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Question Travelling from Canada to USA question

Soon we will be camping in the US.

I understand there are restrictions on the food, etc. you can bring from Canada into the US.

Does anyone from Canada have any advise on what we should/should not bring into the US with us and any advise for crossing the border.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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You will need your passport for one thing. Fresh fruit and vegies will be taken away. Canned goods are OK. I don't know about frozen or fresh meat. Alcohol and tobacco is a lot cheaper in the states but you can bring a carton per person and a case of beer each. The best news is that you can bring all the money you want. I am sure others will chime in. Enjoy your trip.
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I don't think it necessary to mention weapons. We already have plenty here.
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I don't think you can bring meat. Once my brother was crossing into the US and they made him throw out his half eaten hamburger.
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Go to the appropriate custom sites, US or Canada and you will get an up to date list on what you can take and what you can't. It is normally cheaper to buy your goods in the US, especially right now as our dollar is so attractive. Alcohol is much cheaper in the US but as I don't consume or smoke any more, it is a non-issue to me.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:06 PM   #6
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In June, 2010, lamb and goat meats were not allowed and seized. Certain meats contained within canned pet foods were also being restricted and seized. I cannot recall the exact meat. Best, if you have a pet, to just buy in the U.S. when you arrive.
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I cross about once a week, and numerous times with the trailer.

You cannot bring:

1. Fruit and veggies
2. Meat products. IF you bought the meat in the USA and it is still in its original packaging (not ground beef, but boxed burgers, etc) you can bring it in, but you have to prove it originated from the USA.
3. Untreated/unprocessed wood. Either take processed lumber, or buy your fire wood near the campground.

Bring:

1. Valid passport (must be good for 3 months past your return date)
2. Nexus card in lieu of a Passport
3. Money for border crossing - $3.50 for TV, and $3.25 per axle in tow. American or CDN funds, it doesn't matter.
4. Know the license plate number from both your TV and trailer. They will ask, because their cameras can't see past your trailer. If you don't know them, they have to get out and look and it just slows things down a bit.


Use the designated RV lanes. Around here they get all up tight if you go in the wrong lane. You used to be able to go in any lane you wanted, but now they have signs telling you where to go.

Have you trailer keys ready as they may want to look in your trailer and open up your fridge/freezer.

I find that 95% of the guards are very courteous people, they are serious about their jobs, but if you treat them with respect, they will treat you the same. Sometimes you get a nasty person, just be nice to them...as they can make your crossing difficult.

Know where you are going, they will ask specifics.

Keep your campground receipt for when you return. Only 1 in 10 times do they ask for it, but I always have it handy to give to them.

I always take off my sunglasses and/or hat, and roll down both windows on the drivers side so they can easily look in, so they can see I'm not hiding anything. I think those things go a long way to having a smooth crossing.

Have a great trip. We love camping in the USA, as it is only 10 mins to the border from my house. Any DECENT provincial park is at least a 3 hour drive for us, so we head into the USA for camping quite often.
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The best news is that you can bring all the money you want. I am sure others will chime in. Enjoy your trip.
NO you can't just try to cross with over $10,000.00... can you say "strip search, rectal probe, and arrest?"
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NO you can't just try to cross with over $10,000.00... can you say "strip search, rectal probe, and arrest?"
Actually you CAN cross with more than $10k, but you have to declare it, that's all. It's not taxed, nor is it taken away. They just have to log it. If you don't declare it, and they find out, you will probably lose the money as well as be fined.

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Actually you CAN cross with more than $10k, but you have to declare it, that's all. It's not taxed, nor is it taken away. They just have to log it. If you don't declare it, and they find out, you will probably lose the money as well as be fined.

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