Where do customs reporting sites like importgenius.com get the info that's in their database? [more inside]
Is it ok to put a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in my checked luggage on a flight from JFK to Heathrow? [more inside]
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]
Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
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]
How do I pay customs tax and duties when flying into Canada? [more inside]
How to go about buying furniture in Bali (Indonesia) and getting it to Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
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]
What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
Caring for my personal toys? More after the jump. (NSFW) [more inside]
What's it like at an all-inclusive resort/spa like Miraval? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Do I have to pay customs duties to have a computer I left behind in Ireland shipped to California? [more inside]
Will I have to declare my debit card when going through US Customs? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK? [more inside]
I've overstayed my tourist visa in Europe and need to know the best airport to fly out of. [more inside]
Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
How to find a family member after a flight arrival? [more inside]
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]
What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
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]
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."
Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
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]
I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals. [more inside]
Most every man I know uses porn, but in a heterosexual couple, what is customary after marriage regarding porn use? [more inside]
Why would a customs agent smell the pages of a book? [more inside]
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?
How can I cross the Canada-U.S. border with a bunch of zines? [more inside]
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]
What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
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]
I'm a U.S. citizen flying from NYC to Canada via Houston: in which airport will I do immigration and customs? [more inside]
What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?
Butterfly effects: Do I need a permit to bring a dead butterfly (Morpho cypris) back into Canada? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Help me make a non-disastrous choice on airline tickets to Portugal in relation to customs/connecting flights. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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...?
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]