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What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada?

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 16, 2010 - 21 answers

How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of an upcoming business trip?

I will be traveling to Toronto, Canada on business. How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of my visit? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

US Dryports

Where can I find a comprehensive list of all the ports in the United States that are capable of receiving an international cargo shipment that will need to be cleared through US customs? I know that this includes seaports, but I think that it also includes "dry ports" and "intermodal hubs."
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Japanese Birthday

Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Macbook from US into China

I want to buy a Macbook from the Apple website in the US. However, I now live in China. How can I avoid any import/custom fees and taxes when it is shipped... such as by having it shipped to my parents address in the US, then have them ship it to me in my address in China? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Oct 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Tell me about gangster funerals

I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 24, 2010 - 11 answers

After marriage, what is the custom regarding porn use?

Most every man I know uses porn, but in a heterosexual couple, what is customary after marriage regarding porn use? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Oct 11, 2010 - 35 answers

Maybe he just really likes the smell of the ink?

Why would a customs agent smell the pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Traditions

What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 24, 2010 - 92 answers

Booklet traffic

How can I cross the Canada-U.S. border with a bunch of zines? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Dating Saudi-style

Tell me about flirting, dating and relationship customs in Saudi Arabia. I can't tell if I'm in over my head or just having some cultural miscommunication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me stop thinking like an American!

What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Aug 29, 2010 - 19 answers

"I'm here for the singing ladies, not the numbers stations."

I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Flying from US-->Canada; where's customs?

I'm a U.S. citizen flying from NYC to Canada via Houston: in which airport will I do immigration and customs? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jul 7, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?

What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?
posted by Joe Beese on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

How to import a butterfly to Canada?

Butterfly effects: Do I need a permit to bring a dead butterfly (Morpho cypris) back into Canada? [more inside]
posted by findango on Jun 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Japanese Customs (of the non-social variety)

I may have to hand-carry 50 copies of an English-language business book into Japan next month. I will declare the books to the customs inspector at Narita. Does anyone have experience doing this? Does Japanese Customs only accept cash? Is my lack of Japanese likely to be a problem? Is this a one-stop process, or will I have to collect the books later? Thanks in advance!
posted by quidividi on Apr 26, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I get more info from US Customs about a stopped package?

UPS says that US Customs has stopped a package being sent to me from Hong Kong and it is going to be destroyed, but they won't tell me how to contact Customs directly. Is something fishy going on here? [more inside]
posted by Menthol on Apr 20, 2010 - 12 answers

You too can be "Jew for a Day!"

My wife and I have been invited to a friend's home for a housewarming / Passover celebration. As Christians, we don't know what to expect. Difficulty: we would also like to bring a thank-you / housewarming gift. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Mar 24, 2010 - 31 answers

How to avoid customs madness?

Help me make a non-disastrous choice on airline tickets to Portugal in relation to customs/connecting flights. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Feb 20, 2010 - 5 answers

USPS International Priority Mail Customs

Mail-Filter: I just mailed a package via Priority Mail from California to Austria without including any completed customs forms. Did I mess up? [more inside]
posted by fook on Feb 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Customs and Immigration in Canada

I'm flying from Boston to Vancouver via Toronto on Air Canada in a couple of weeks. Where can I expect to clear Canadian customs and immigration? Toronto or Vancouver?
posted by taubman on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the legal status of having prescriptions filled in Canada and sent to the U.S.?

YANML, of course, but what is the current legal status of importing legal prescription drugs to the U.S. from legitimate Canadian pharmacies? [more inside]
posted by jingzuo on Jan 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Are computers liable for import duty?

I'm waiting to receive a used computer I bought from China (where it was made) and it is now "Inbound into Customs." This worries me as I was under the impression laptop fell under code 8471, and were import tax exempt. Is this right? If not what are the customs officials going to ask for? Also if duty is charged, will the value be based on the declared value or...?
posted by SamSugar on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

All I want for Christmas is my yum smoked meat.

I'm traveling to Dallas on Northwest Airlines from Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport tomorrow morning. I just bought three pounds of smoked meat that is NOT shrink wrapped. Can I take it? Can I carry it on? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Dec 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Travelling with Ritalin

I currently live in Brazil but shall be returning to my country of origin, the UK, for a month or so in December. I recently managed to get a prescription for Ritalin from a psychiatrist here in Brazil and was wondering whether I'd have any complications in bringing this back into the UK. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Nov 21, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I ship lost jewelry from Vietnam?

Miraclefilter: help me get my lost engagement ring back from Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Can I buy groceries in the USA and bring them back to Canada?

I live in Vancouver, Canada and I am going to the U.S. for the day this weekend. I want to know if it's in fact true, that you can bring groceries back into Canada without paying duty or customs fees? [more inside]
posted by ninefour on Oct 21, 2009 - 7 answers

US/Canada customs hate me

Canadian citizen with American green card. Traveling with no passport? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Oct 2, 2009 - 18 answers

How to transit Gatwick expeditiously

Mrs L (US passport) and I (UK passport) are flying from Orlando to Gatwick (Virgin Atlantic)arriving 0845, then on to Nice, France on Easyjet departing 1125. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Sep 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Flying With A Canadian Ham to China

Can I bring a leg of ham though Hong Kong customs from Canada? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo on Sep 27, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get my package that's been "Inbound Into Customs" in NY for 12+ days?

My perfectly boring package from Sweden has been listed as "Inbound Into Customs" since September 4. How can I find out what the problem is? Can I get it cleared somehow? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

Bringing legally prescribed controlled substances through customs in Asia?

Advice on bringing a small quantity of legally prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) and other prescriptions for personal use into Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, and the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 7 answers

How not to get detained at customs

At what point during the customs process did they decide I was a "red flag" and how do I avoid it happening again? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Aug 11, 2009 - 65 answers

Don't try to shampoo a shampooer!

Flying back to Canada via US - from Amsterdam. Will US Customs hassle me about coffeeshop visits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 - 18 answers

Calculating Canadian customs duties?

CustomsFilter: I shipped something to Canada and messed up the declared value. How do I calculate what the recipient will have to pay? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 27, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I bring unpasteurized cheese home from Paris?

Have you ever successfully brought French cheeses into the US? Did you declare them, or not? Also, seeking recommendations on the raw milk cheeses I shouldn't miss, and wrapping/packing advice.
posted by CunningLinguist on Jun 30, 2009 - 23 answers

Traveling after farm animals

How do you answer questions about livestock proximity when coming back to the US? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jun 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Bringing electronics stateside: Headache or no?

Returning to the States from Austria with electronic equipment: What to worry about at customs? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Moving to Canada. B4 I go...

Just married, and moving from San Diego to join my husband (non-resident, living in CA on a work visa) in Toronto, Canada. Customs forms? Tips? Advice? Help! [more inside]
posted by routergirl on Jun 4, 2009 - 9 answers

UK/USA Customs and laptops

Outside of porn which I am not concerned about what does UK/US customs look for on laptop computers? Specifically, I have some movies that I have 'ripped' from dvd and I wanted to know if those are something they get finicky about.
posted by occidental on May 11, 2009 - 47 answers

Is a HealthCanada card a legit photo id?

Is a Health Canada card considered government issued photo ID? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on May 5, 2009 - 29 answers

My uncle has been deported.

My Greek uncle has been deported from the US for overstaying his visa last year by one month. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Mar 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Don't shoot, I'm a book dealer

What can I expect from a US border guard if I go into the USA from Canada carrying packages of things I've sold on ebay to mail in the USA? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Why does India consider the iPhone a "Dangerous Item" that cannot be shipped to the US?

How do you ship an electronic item (iPhone) with a non-removable battery out of India? It's labelled as a "dangerous item." [more inside]
posted by smersh on Mar 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Will my spice mix get confiscated by Japanese customs?

Will I have trouble with customs bringing homemade Indian food spice mixes (made in Australia) into Japan? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Need advice re. crossing U.S. border for my wedding

How paranoid do I need to be about crossing the US border to get married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 - 18 answers

The rattling of change in my brain.

EatingOutFilter: With the denominations that we have in the US, is it rude to leave coinage in addition to dollar bills when you're leaving tip? [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Dec 30, 2008 - 37 answers

I don't want to spend Christmas in Airport Jail.

International travel with multiple connections: what's it like? And inside: declaring, connection time, and things I will probably get confiscated. [more inside]
posted by troika on Dec 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I bring my car with me?

I love my Peugeot, but I might be moving to the USA. Can I bring it with me or am I just stupid to want to? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Dec 17, 2008 - 15 answers

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