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What awesome gifts should I bring to India from the US in 2008?

What awesome gifts should I bring to India from the US in 2008? [more inside]
posted by nessahead on Nov 11, 2008 - 16 answers

Are there any *traditional* positive menstruation myths or customs?

Are there any *traditional* positive menstruation myths or customs? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

DHL want to charge me for something I already own!

I'm in Germany for the next few months. Had one of my hard drives shipped to me by a friend so I could get to some of my files. DHL have it now and won't give it to me without a fee and a receipt! What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leapin', 11 pipers piping...

I'm putting together a large care package box for my boyfriend, located at an FPO AP address. My plan is to fill it a ton of random stuff to keep him surprised and delighted, from funny shirts to little plastic toys to letters and pictures to CDs. It's been ages since I sent anything that required a customs form, and I definitely want this package to survive all scrutiny - how specific do I need to get when I'm listing the box contents, especially if I'm sending such a variety of items? [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on Oct 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Advice on avoiding customs charges when shipping personal property to myself (US->UK)?

I'd like to have my brother ship an item I bought in the US to me (I'm in the UK.) I'd also like not to have to hand over my first born child to UK Customs. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by -1 on Oct 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Passport needed for travel to Puerto Rico from the US?

A friend from China is planning a trip to Puerto Rico. She is now in the US on an F1 visa, but it is not multiple-entry. If she flies directly from the US mainland to PR and back, does she need to show her passport and visa? Is there a possibility she will be denied entry to PR, or back to the mainland? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Sep 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Houston International Airport Connections

How is Houston International Airport for connecting international flights? [more inside]
posted by hylaride on Jul 21, 2008 - 6 answers

romancing romania

What is sex like in Romania? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Canadian moving via U.S. -- customs troubles?

Wondering if any Canadians have experience doing this... I am moving next month from Winnipeg to Vancouver. I will be having most of my possessions shipped, and will be driving my car west. In my car, I will just have my clothes, a small LCD-TV and my computer. Everything else will be shipped. My question is .. I want to drive through the U.S. on I-94 and I-90 (from Grand Forks, ND to Seattle, WA) and then cross back into Canada towards Vancouver. Does anyone know if the border officials (US or Canadian) are going to give me any hassle moving this way? I am just worried about them thinking that the stuff in my car is things I bought in the states, even though I am just moving them via the US. I have done the Manitoba-B.C. drive a few times and I want to go through the northern U.S. for a change. Thanks!
posted by ninefour on Apr 16, 2008 - 10 answers

How did they know he had a ham?

How did US customs know he had a ham in his carry-on bag? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Apr 14, 2008 - 23 answers

Cuban cigars

What can a person who brings 2 Cuban cigars into the US and has them seized at US Customs expect? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Apr 3, 2008 - 18 answers

Where does all the ivory go?

What do governments do with seized contraband that cannot legally be bought or sold, cannot be set free, but ought not be simply destroyed? I'm thinking elephant tusks and rain forest hard woods, that sort of thing.
posted by IndigoJones on Mar 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Canada customs siezed my laptop.

Please: recommend a lawyer in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Feb 26, 2008 - 9 answers

How do avoid paying customs twice on a shipment?

How do I avoid paying customs on a package I'm shipping back home? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jan 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I get into America with this ID?

Can I, a Canadian citizen, get through the American border, by car, with the following pieces of ID: [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Jan 13, 2008 - 19 answers

J1 Visa stuck at customs, plane tomorrow, now what?

US J1 Visa (DS-2019 form) held up by DHL, plane ticket already booked for tomorrow. Now what? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Dec 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Am I expected to attend an associate's father's funeral?

The father of a close business associate has died and I would like to behave appropriately and honor my associate's loss. They're Catholics in NYC. There is a wake which seems to be scheduled for several different time periods over the weekend. Then there is a funeral mass on Monday during business hours, followed by burial at the cemetery. [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW on Nov 16, 2007 - 20 answers

Actually unique to Boston?

My Professor this week brought up that she thinks the use of the word "actually" is unique to Boston. [more inside]
posted by pwally on Nov 11, 2007 - 46 answers

US citizen vacationing in Mexico: What can I bring?

Taking a little vacation in Mexico City ... what am I allowed to bring into Mexico? The information that I'm finding online is either contradictory or stale. Obviously, I'd like to avoid any situation where I'll be fined or imprisoned. [more inside]
posted by kindachris on Oct 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Cross-border shopping the lazy way

Has anyone living in Canada bought cameras from B&H? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Oct 10, 2007 - 10 answers

American Bringing Cuban Goods into the U.S.

I'm an American traveling to Cuba legally (under a general license). What are the restrictions on what I can/cannot bring back into the U.S.?
posted by cookie googleman on Sep 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is.

CustomsFilter - Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Aug 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Can we clear customs with homemade dehydrated food packets?

My lovely wife is planning a hiking trip in New Zealand. This will be her first hiking adventure out of North America. Recently she has started to dehydrate her own food for her multi-day hikes. No preservatives, more tasty, less expensive, and all that. Can she pack this in her luggage and expect to clear customs? Thanks in advance for all your help!
posted by HappyHippo on Aug 11, 2007 - 27 answers

How fast can I run through DFW before people start to gawk?

I'm flying from IAH > DFW > CZM (Cozumel). I've got 55 minutes in DFW. Assuming my IAH > DFW is on time, will I make it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Jul 17, 2007 - 19 answers

How much red tape should we expect?

In about 10 days, my fiancée will be entering the US on a K1 visa. Some questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Jul 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Transporting Alcohol as a Minor

Is it legal to transport unopened bottles of wine as a minor? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister on Jul 2, 2007 - 18 answers

stamps as a memorial thank you

Stamps as part of memorial thank you... [more inside]
posted by skillet on May 8, 2007 - 1 answer

I have enough to get a passport, isn't that enough?

My wife is going on a cruise this weekend. Her birth certificate and passport are missing. Leaving from California, I'm in Virginia. The ship is stopping in Mexico for fuel. Options? [more inside]
posted by bh on Apr 26, 2007 - 15 answers

How much are customs fees in Japan for a Nintendo DS Lite?

Is it worth it to have a Nintendo DS Lite shipped halfway around the world and back? [more inside]
posted by greasepig on Mar 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Australian customs trouble

Australian customs- does anyone have any experience bringing a wooden drum with an animal skin into Australia? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Feb 20, 2007 - 11 answers

ParcelForce thinks it can levy tax!

ParcelForce are holding me to ransom! Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi on Jan 31, 2007 - 11 answers

I am the grey market

Seeking advice about selling to the UK on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evariste on Dec 21, 2006 - 13 answers

when a foreigner goes through customs, their fingerprints and other details are being stored. who has access to all the information?

when a foreigner goes through customs, their fingerprints and other details are being stored. who has access to all the information? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Jewish Funeral Customs

Questions about Jewish funeral customs. My husband's grandmother sadly passed away this weekend and I was hoping for some advice. She was Jewish, I'm not. I have a load of questions inside... [more inside]
posted by dogsbody on Oct 29, 2006 - 25 answers

Canadian Border Crossing

How do you find out for certain exactly what information appears when Canadian border guards run your information through their system? A friend of mine didn't mention a minor incident that was supposed to go off his record from when he was a kid in the 70s. It appeared in their database, and they weren't too happy that he didn't mention it. He granted entry after being roughed-up verbally and doesn't want to go through the same ordeal every time. Since there is no reason to volunteer information that's not supposed to be in the system, how does one know what they are SUPPOSED to say?
posted by augustweed on Oct 10, 2006 - 18 answers

Customs and laptops

Are customs officials allowed to search you laptop's hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ASM on Aug 27, 2006 - 38 answers

U.S. Customs and Chinese knockoffs

I'll be entering the U.S. after spending 2 months in China. In my luggage I'll have 3 fake watches, 3 fake Polo shirts, a pair of fake shoes, and a fake North Face backpack. Will U.S. Customs find out, and if they do, what would they do? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Aug 26, 2006 - 28 answers

I really don't want CATSA to throw it out.

If I am separated from booze, the terrorists have won. [more inside]
posted by oaf on Aug 12, 2006 - 22 answers

Whose jurisdiction am I under when making a connection at a foreign airport?

I always assumed that, when making a connecting flight in an international airport, I was under international jurisdiction - the logic being that I clearly haven't 'entered' the airport's host country (haven't got a visa/filled out a landing form/whatever). My personal experience and now recent events suggest otherwise, so what are the rules about this, and do they vary from country to country? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Jul 19, 2006 - 22 answers

Pleasing the sweet lad from Scotland

How to woo a Scottish/Irish boy.. are there tricks or sexual customs I should know? What is he used to from the local girls? [more inside]
posted by cior on Jul 18, 2006 - 42 answers

Excuse me miss, what are these pills?

I'm flying to America tomorrow (from the UK). I will have various loose pills in a... receptacle. Could I get into trouble because customs might suspect they're drugs? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jul 12, 2006 - 16 answers

Cash and Carry

What happens when you travel with a large amount of cash? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on Mar 6, 2006 - 36 answers

How can we prevent the deportation of some acquaintences?

Some friends arrived from overseas yesterday, but didn't clear customs and are being deported tomorrow. Do we have any rights or options in this situation? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Feb 4, 2006 - 17 answers

Jerusalem tourist advice

Jerusalem tourism advice? [more inside]
posted by FailedSeductress on Jan 6, 2006 - 21 answers

Crossing the Border with an Open Container of Alcohol

How I legally transport an open bottle cognac from Toronto to Boston? [more inside]
posted by duck on Dec 27, 2005 - 14 answers

Trouble with Customs and trademark holder

I'm in trouble w/ US Customs and a clothing manufacturer has begun sending me threatening letters for sending myself some knock-off clothing with their brand. Does anybody know anything about trademark law, or has anyone ever worked for customs? [more inside]
posted by KiddAnnica on Dec 27, 2005 - 13 answers

Woe betide those at CollegeHumor.com

Just how much are the customs/Department of Homeland Security people allowed to go through your personal information on your laptop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2005 - 34 answers

Can I send vitamins from the U.S. to someone in the U.K. ?

Can I send vitamins from the U.S. to someone in the U.K. ? We want to send a package of vitamins to my wife's father in London from New York. I am worried its not permitted by H.M. Customs and they will trash it. I couldnt find a list of things that arent permitted anywhere on the Royal Mail or HM Customs website. I know what youre thinking.. its probably cheaper to have them buy it England but we're sending it because we know they would never actually do it.
posted by postergeist on Nov 20, 2005 - 9 answers

Is it feasible to ship liquor from Europe to the US?

Is it feasible to ship liquor from Europe to the US? [more inside]
posted by turbodog on Aug 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Getting around LAX

International travel for dummies. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 25, 2005 - 14 answers

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