Each US resident may take home US$800.00 worth of duty free items once he or she has been out of the US for more than 48hours. This exemption includes up to 2 liters of liquor per person 21 or older (with stipulation of brand) 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars (Cubans cigars not allowed). Pooling of exemption in a family is allowed. Articles up to $1000.00 after the $800.00 exemption are accessed at a flat rate of 3%. Antiques are admitted into the US provided that they are over 100 years old and evidence must be submitted. Fruits, plants, meat, poultry and dairy is generally prohibited, but there are exceptions.
US citizens contact the US Customs and Border protection at 242-377-8461 or 242-377-7125 or http://www.cbp.gov
There are three categories for Canadians:
1) Out of country for more than 24 hours? Make a verbal declaration to claim a CDN$50.00 duty free allowance any number of times a year, not including tobacco or alcohol.
2) Out of country for more than 48 hours? A written declaration must be made, or you can claim up to CDN $400.00 which can include up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 7 oz of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks and either 40 oz of Alcohol, 1.5L wine or up to 8.5 liters of beer or ale.
3) Out of country 7 days or more? A written declaration of CDN$750.00 exemption including the amounts of alcohol and tobacco included in item #2.
In general, the goods brought in under personal exemption must be for household or personal use as souvenirs of the trip or as gifts for friends or relatives.
For more information contact http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
UK residents may take back from The Bahamas, free of duty and tax, 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. You are permitted either 1 liter of spirits or strong liquor, or two liters if fortified wine, sparking wine or any other alcoholic beverage. The allowance for all other goods is £390 sterling. Over £390 goods must be paid on the FULL value nut just anything above £390.00
For more information visit http://www.hmrc.gov.uk
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