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Buying Duty Free Liquor

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Buying Duty Free Liquor


I'm trying to figure out the rules. I can't find the exact answer to my situation online, and everyone you ask has a different answer. Was hoping someone could point me to the right answer.

I'm flying from Halifax->Toronto->San Fran.->Hawaii with an over night layover in SF... Where I pickup my luggage for the night.

After I clear customs in Toronto, what are the rules regarding liquor @ the duty free shop?

Can I buy liquor (as much as I want?) after clearing US customs, carry it on to SF. Then overnight in SF, put it in my checked luggage in SF to HI without any questions?

Is this ok, legal, etc?

Then my question for 2 weeks later. What do I do if I don't finish all my opened liquor? Can I take it back (checked)? Leave it @ the hotel?


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1. Re: Buying Duty Free Liquor

You may purchase your Duty free exemption in YYZ prior to your flight to SFO. There is a limit per person..usually 1.14 liter.

Once in SFO (Overnight)...you are correct, you will have to pack it in your Checked baggage prior to going through security. There are no duty /tax concerns once you are within the US. Perfectly legal....as long as you are of legal drinking age.

On the return...you can do want you wish. If you have consumed all of the previously purchased Duty free liquor...you are able to bring back to Canada another 1.14liter bottle each. This bottle need not be purchased at a Duty Free Shop...anywhere...Longs's Costco..etc.. Partial bottles are acceptable as long as the # of mls does not exceed 1.14 liters.in checked baggage. make sure you waterproof the contents and wrap / pad securely in either newspaper or towel.

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