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Bringing tamales into the US from Mexico

I'm currently in Mexico and will be returning home to the US in about a week. I'd like to bring back some tamales to share with my family, but I'm not sure whether or not I can bring them through customs. I've read the guidelines here and here, but I'm still not sure. [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jul 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Connecting in Toronto Pearson

What happens to bags on US-international connections in Toronto Pearson, and is it feasible for me to go into Toronto for a day on a long layover? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Getting a package shipped to the US

I'd like to purchase something online however it is only available for sale in Canada and the UK at this time, and they are not yet shipping to the U.S. Is there a way that I could arrange for an intermediary to get it shipped to a place in Canada and then forwarded to me? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jun 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Hedging our bets at the border - good or bad idea?

My husband and I will be travelling to the States next month, for the first time since he became a Canadian Citizen and got his passport. Technically speaking, it should be easiest to use his Canadian Passport given Canadian/US relations, but his name is such that there is a significant chance that he will be pulled over for questioning. If he does get pulled aside, will pulling out his original passport to show his American Visa make things better or worse? [more inside]
posted by scrute on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

What info shows up at a border crossing?

Whenever I cross an international border, I hand over my passport and then the agents run some checks. What kind of info shows up when they do that?
posted by modernnomad on May 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Could my necklace have been taken by customs

I recently made an online purchase for a necklace made with a bird skull, shipped from the UK to the U.S. Seller said it shipped on March 17, and general guidelines seem to be 5-7 days for items to arrive here from the UK (which has been my experience with other mailed items in the past). However the package hasn't arrived yet and I'm wondering if it was delayed by customs. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Mar 31, 2014 - 9 answers

How to say nicely no, we can't bring a parcel back into Australia?

We're staying at an Airbnb in Malaysia and the host has asked us if we could bring a small present back to Australia with us, for a friend of hers who also lives in Australia. There is no way in the world I am doing this. I am 99.9 percent certain that it is just Chinese New Year decorations as the host says, but I really have no way of knowing for sure and have no ambitions whatsoever to find out that it is something prohibited or illegal from a customs officer on arrival in Australia. How can I say phrase my refusal so that she doesn't loose face? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 28, 2013 - 26 answers

UPS wants to charge me brokerage fees AFTER I rejected the parcel!?

Hello folks, I live in Canada (Toronto), and I ordered an item (worth US$200) from the USA about a month ago, and the seller used UPS to ship it to me. As I have never used UPS before, I was not aware of their negative reputation at the time of the online purchase. Well, about two weeks later, I received the UPS notice for a delivery attempt, and I was hugely surprised at the brokerage charge (CAN$70). Usually I do not get charged any brokerage fees at all when sellers use USPS to ship to me (because USPS hands the parcel to CanadaPost, which has never charged me brokerage fees, in my experience). [more inside]
posted by vanizorc on Dec 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Can my parents bring me a Persian rug from Iran?

(asking for a friend) I am a US Citizen living in the US. My parents are permanent immigrants - they split their time between Iran and the US (California in case that matters). They have visited the US before and while in the US, they live with me -- their US address is the same as mine. Can they bring a Persian rug from Iran for me to keep? If so, what supporting documents will they need when entering the US at LAX? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Dec 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Why is my jacket being held up in Frankfurt?

I ordered a jacket from Taiwan on Oct 2. According to the tracking ID, it arrived in Frankfurt on Oct 5. There have been no further updates on the "foreign information" tab since then. Why is it stuck there for 11 days now? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Mailing personal effects back to US: Customs rules?

I'm in France, and I need to send some of my personal effects (clothing, mostly, and some toiletry-ish stuff) home to the US so that I don't have to carry it on the upcoming hiking part of my vacation. How should I label this package for customs purposes? I wouldn't have to declare any of this if I were going through the border crossing with it in a suitcase; it's all originally purchased in the US and mostly at least a year or two old.
posted by mskyle on Jul 5, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I label customs forms when shipping personal effects to the US?

I am about to send some used personal effects to the US from Europe. I'm sending four boxes of used books and clothes. Each box weighs about 20kg. What should I put on the customs label? In particular, how do I estimate the value of used personal effects? Is it zero? I don't care about insurance/replacement value, I just want to minimize/avoid customs charges. If it matters, I'm in Germany, and will be sending by DHL. I'm a European citizen who will be moving to the US for three years with a J-1 (academic) visa. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jun 18, 2013 - 3 answers

finding out what we can take from the UK, to Germany, in a car

We are moving to Germany. I have to fly* but my husband is driving, from the UK to Germany. Our removalists will pack nothing perishable, including food in sealed containers, liquid toilettries etc. Can we just take them in the car? [more inside]
posted by Megami on May 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Bringing ginseng and beef/pork jerky to Europe

My parents are leaving from the US on a trip to Europe, entirely within EU Schengen Area countries. They've been requested to bring ginseng and beef/pork jerky by family. I don't think the jerky is admissible, but what about the ginseng? Port of entry will be Amsterdam Schiphol. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Chinese custom?

Question about food sharing/giving within the Chinese culture. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Apr 14, 2013 - 13 answers

US customs when shipping from Canada?

If I'm ordering something online and they're based in Canada, will I have to pay customs when they ship to the US? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Is proof of accommodation REALLY required for a US citizen to enter Spain as a tourist?

US citizen visiting SO's family in Spain for Christmas: will I be asked to show proof of accommodation? Do I really need a letter of invitation to pass customs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Why is there patriotism only when you can see it?

Why are you supposed to take the flag down at night? [more inside]
posted by mwachs on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Conference trip - business or pleasure?

I'm a Canadian software developer. I'm going to a conference in the US next month, and I'm not sure what to say when they ask if the trip is for business or pleasure. [more inside]
posted by problemspace on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Enhancing us-Canada relations without a passport

Can I drive into Canada from buffalo with my Canadian citizenship card and drive back later into buffalo two days later with my US permanent resident card? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Jul 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Esty sucks for travelers

I made the asinine mistake of ordering something off Etsy to a Spanish address. Very bad idea. How do I deal with Spanish customs? What happens when packages are returned for non-payment of duties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Will I get stuck in Tokyo?

Please help me determine if this flight plan through Narita (Tokyo) airport is plausible or insane. [more inside]
posted by jcrbuzz on Jul 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 25, 2012 - 35 answers

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US?

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Nice cans.

Where do customs reporting sites like importgenius.com get the info that's in their database? [more inside]
posted by PSB on Feb 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Can't live without the KitchenAid!

Is it ok to put a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in my checked luggage on a flight from JFK to Heathrow? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jan 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I share the (marshmallow) love?

I have perfected homemade marshmallows and they are delicious! They are so delicious that I want to send some from San Francisco to a friend in England. The only trouble is that the marshmallows have a coating of white powder (confectioners' sugar and a little cornflour) to ensure they don't stick together and create one big mess. Am I asking for trouble by sending this stuff via USPS internationally? [more inside]
posted by RosiePosie on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

cash as a gift in the US

Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 24, 2011 - 37 answers

Burned once more by my online shopping habit

I bought some clothes online from a store based in the UK, shipped to the US. Is this surprise customs/duty/shipping charge normal? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Dec 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Paying duties at the airport

How do I pay customs tax and duties when flying into Canada? [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Furniture Shopping in Bali and Shipping to Sydney

How to go about buying furniture in Bali (Indonesia) and getting it to Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Nov 6, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I calculate duties on a package mailed to Italy from the United States?

How do I calculate the duties, taxes, and/or other fees that a person in Italy will have to pay in order to receive a gift mailed from the United States? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen on Oct 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Splurging for the hotel, but eating on the cheap while traveling

What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 29, 2011 - 20 answers

How can a white guy learn to appreciate Indian culture?

How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

My Sex Toys Are Not Bombs (However, Messy Explosions? Yes.)

Caring for my personal toys? More after the jump. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Booked a vacation at Miraval. Now what?

What's it like at an all-inclusive resort/spa like Miraval? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian on Jul 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Welcome to Japan

What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 17, 2011 - 12 answers

The five fingers of the law

I had a package misclassified by Australian Customs and seized on that basis. I can apply for its release but apparently they are forced to sue me if I do so. Wtf? [more inside]
posted by polyglot on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

non-parent traveling with infant internationally

How to fly internationally with an infant that is not your own? My nanny and infant will travel from Paris to Italy and meet us there. Does anyone have experience with this? I don't want to put her in a difficult position with customs. [more inside]
posted by Snower on May 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Do London taxis take payment in towels?

I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on May 18, 2011 - 41 answers

How to avoid customs fees on return of my own computer

Do I have to pay customs duties to have a computer I left behind in Ireland shipped to California? [more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell on May 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Do I need to declare my debit card in US Customs?

Will I have to declare my debit card when going through US Customs? [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

What do you do at a funeral?

Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 32 answers

Business or Pleasure?

I'm about to start a 5 month internship in France, I'm leaving next week, and my visa hasn't been processed yet. What should I tell customs? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Feb 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I get out of the EU without attracting attention to my visa status?

I've overstayed my tourist visa in Europe and need to know the best airport to fly out of. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 31, 2011 - 22 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Missing person at La Guardia?

How to find a family member after a flight arrival? [more inside]
posted by simpleton on Dec 28, 2010 - 28 answers

I CAN TAKE ANY ONE OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!! No, wait, I'm just building a cup pyramid.

Australians of Metafilter, I want to hear from you! I've long heard that turning your glass upside down in a bar in Australia is the same as saying you think you could take anyone in the place. For some reason, this idea fascinates me. Is it true? Do people actually do this? What happens when they do? Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Dec 20, 2010 - 49 answers

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