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Old 07-21-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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USA/Canada Border Crossing

We head out on Friday morning...leaving from Michigan....Crossing the Blue Water Bridge into Canada and staying in Montreal for 3 nights on our way to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Will we have any issues crossing either border with fresh produce, meat, alcohol, etc.? Obviously we won't be hauling large quantities so as to look like we're selling stuff... Would hate to get fully stocked up just to have it confiscated at the border.

Appreciate any input.


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Old 07-21-2014, 04:57 PM   #2
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No you will not. As long as you dont have 10 botttles of whiskey etc..

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Old 07-21-2014, 05:02 PM   #3
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I live in Toronto and go to Buffalo quite often grocery shopping. Never had a problem. Usually i bring meat, few beers, etc...when asked at the border i tell them i spent 150$ at walmart. Be honest and you will be fine
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Food wise you will have no problem coming into Canadfa however when you leave Canada and go into the US they don't like food going into the US.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #5
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Decide for yourself.............we never transport meat or produce across the border in EITHER direction. Border officials on both sides, have strict rules about what can and cannot be taken across. Do yourself a favour and fresh item shop accordingly in each country only for the time you are there.

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Old 07-21-2014, 06:17 PM   #6
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Here some reading......

What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products? - Food - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:41 PM   #7
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It has been a while since I went into Canada to camp around Lake Superior but when they asked us to declare any items we told them about our beer and food. Never had any problems as we never had more than a 12-pack of beer and few steaks, chicken. They never seemed concerned about canned goods. Only once were we asked to show the cooler to verify quantities. Also we never had enough to worry about having to dispose of it at the border. In general I always found it easier to visit Canada than to return home to the US.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:46 PM   #8
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I found that if you answer all questions truthfully and not try to pull a fast one. The custom officials are always lenient.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:51 PM   #9
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USA/Canada Border Crossing

We declared some tomatoes on broad while crossing from Canada to the US in WA recently. Because the tomatoes were identifiable as being grown in Canada, along with some bell peppers, they were confiscated. Had they been chopped and placed in a dish ready to serve they would have been considered as an unidentifiable source of origin and allowed through????

We then went to Costco and bought the same brand box of tomatoes we'd just bought in Canada to replace the ones we'd just had confiscated.

Each November we travel to a Kalispell for some Christmas shopping and come back with a couple of fresh turkey bought at Costco. Never any problem bringing those back to the north. Nor have I ever had any trouble bringing any other fresh fruit, veg or meat north.

I only ever get asked about ATF, the total value of goods and whether or not I have had any mods done to my vehicle.

Certainly don't try and bring any citrus fruit into the US. That is a big no, no.

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We camp in Ontario all the time and going into Canada they never ask and if they did we would tell them we had enough food for 2-3 days and meat frozen. They have never had a problem but we also don't volunteer info either, just answer questions asked which usually has to do with firewood and firearms and we never have either.

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