Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-22-2011, 06:08 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,515
Send a message via Skype™ to DAISY BOYKIN
Question about customs at the border

Planning our trip to Nova Scotia and return. I have a question about customs going across the border and returning to US.

In the Atlas of TRAILER LIFE Directory 2011, it basically covers the do's and don'ts for customs. We always take in our fridge frozen chicken, center cut pork chops, sausage patties ETC for our own consumption. Do customs check your fridge on returning to US of items carried over to Canada?

I was just wondering how picky the customs are for you personal food?

Also, if we purchase cooked frozen lobsters in Nova Scotia.

Do you have to fill out a customs declaration form on returning to US and where do you get it? Is it supplied at the border?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated and studied very close.

Sid, Lois & HRH MISSY Terrible 2s SHIH TZU
2011 ROCKWOOD 8285 WS
2014 F-250 KING RANCH PS/SD/6R140/BFT
DAISY BOYKIN is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 06:14 AM   #2
Site Team - Lou
Herk7769's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 19,830
Canada Customs - Government Regulations at the Canadian Border

Most up to date info Sid.


Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #3
Happy to Be Camping
Shawomet3's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: We live in Rhode Island, but our hearts are in New Hampshire
Posts: 57
On our last trip to Nova Scotia last year going over was fine, coming back the US customs went through the rig, especially the refrig. We forgot about plums we bought and they confiscated them. No problem at all, though. Don't forget your passports and have a great trip!
Shawomet3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
Senior Member
2Susan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern Alberta
Posts: 458
This is from the official Canadian border website (going into Canada):

The following are some examples of the limits that apply to personal importations of food products from the United States:
  • 2 dozen eggs;
  • 20 kilograms of dairy products not exceeding $20 in value (e.g. cheese and butter);
  • 3 kilograms of margarine or butter substitutes; and
  • 20 kilograms of edible meats and meat products, including turkey and chicken.
Within this limit on meat, the following restrictions apply:
  • a maximum of one whole turkey or 10 kilograms of turkey products;
  • a maximum of 10 kilograms of chicken; and
  • a maximum of 20 kilograms of edible meats and meat products from cattle, sheep, goats, bison and buffalo.
For more information, visit the Export and Import Controls Bureau of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Understanding Food, Plant and Animal Regulations

Better to look at the official govt. website than someone else's interpretation (trailer life or
***** ***** *****
2011 Georgetown 320DS new June 2010
days camped in 2010: 61
days camped in 2011: 37 (up to Aug 1st)
2Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
Senior Member
Rugged Brown's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,085
American customs are a little sticky about the meat, given the incidents of mad cow disease in Canada a few years ago and if you don't have a US stamp on fruits, they'll take it all. Coming into canada, you are restricted to 40 ozs of liquor or 24 cans of beer per person. Booze is expensive in Canada. If you don't drink, pick up a couple of bottles of Rum for me and come visit in Nova Scotia.
Lily the Yorkie
2015 Dodge Ram Sport 1500
2015 Crossroads Zinger ZT28BH
Rugged Brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 09:08 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 797
We had a bizarre crossing @ Detroit last Thursday. The guy in the booth asked for our 2 passports & citizenship. Asked me to unlock the TT. A 2nd official checked out the trailer & I was on my way. No questions of where or why I was entering the US or how long my stay was. The girl did say that it was a nice trailer. We uy our groceries in the US rather than deal w/ the hit or miss food issues.

I've been crossing into Detroit since '86 for the NASCAR races & other trips. Sometimes the official is pleasant, other times you wonder why the person isn't in another line of work.

I think the declaration form is done on your return. I've sat behind US cars returning to the US. They sometimes get a more thorough check than Canadian vehicles. I haven't noticed any getting pulled out for secondary inspection.
2011 Chevrolet K2500HD w/ Tekonsha P3 brake controller, Husky W/D hitch
2009 Rockwood 2106 Mini-Lite
Nights camped 2010: 21
Nights camped 2011: 17
Nights camped 2012: 8
revrnd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 10:03 AM   #7
Senior Member
2Susan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern Alberta
Posts: 458
I know a gal who had a large crockpot of cooked chilli confiscated coming into the US (Montana) because it contained meat. The entire potful was dumped despite her protests that was already cooked and that was their planned meals for their weekend at the cabin.

Bringing Food into the U.S. -

Bringing Food into the U.S.

(03/21/2008)We regret that it is necessary to take agricultural items from your baggage. They cannot be brought into the United States because they may carry animal and plant pests and diseases. Restricted items include meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, and products made from animal or plant materials.
***** ***** *****
2011 Georgetown 320DS new June 2010
days camped in 2010: 61
days camped in 2011: 37 (up to Aug 1st)
2Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 10:05 AM   #8
Senior Member
2Susan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern Alberta
Posts: 458
Actually the booze isn't so much of a problem. The limit cited above is the amount you can bring in duty free. Past that limit you can still bring it in, but must pay duty. The price difference makes this still a pretty good deal - I think it was something like $2 a bottle on wine - and if you bought two buck chuck to begin with you are still ahead.
***** ***** *****
2011 Georgetown 320DS new June 2010
days camped in 2010: 61
days camped in 2011: 37 (up to Aug 1st)
2Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2011, 12:36 PM   #9
Senior Member
3 Happy Campers's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 323
I just read an article about US Canada crossing & was surprised to find that since 911 they (Canada) will actually turn you away for various offenses that happened in the US. And not just the major crimes but for stuff like DUI. No matter how long ago.
We’ve been planning a 1 month long Canada trip for a couple years now. Unfortunately back in 1989 I had a DUI. It can take $1500, several forms & as much as 3 years to get a waiver from Canada to travel.
3 Happy Campers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2011, 03:18 PM   #10
Senior Member
Nigels's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 632
Recently from US to Canada they took our apples, we had loads of booze just paid the duty. Then from Canada to US they took our Tomatoes and green onions.

In both cases they ignored the other fruit and veg and how much meat/fish/cooked frozen meals we had in the freezer.

Just be nice, be extremely patient, smile a lot, don't make jokes they have no sense of humor thats why they do that job, (that will be hard for you Sid) otherwise they will pull your floor boards up!

Nigel & Bev
Brit Driver & Canadian Naviguesser

2011 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8280ws
2011 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Diesel
Nigels is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:09 PM.