Saturday, November 21, 2015

Last Minute Travel from Canada (part 1 of 2)

If you need to cut your trip to Canada short and return immediately to the US, here are a couple of travel tips to get you safely past the borders.

Interview and Inspection

When you get to the borders, a CBP officer may there to ask you a couple of questions. These are simple to answer such as your citizenship, the items you are taking back to the US, and the nature and duration of your trip.

To expedite this procedure, it’s best to make a list of the dutiable items you have with you and place all of them together in a single bag or package. If you have a considerable number of dutiable items with you, the CPB officer may have you fill up a Declaration form.

Your luggage and whatever else you have with you may be subject to inspection. This, however, will only take minutes to complete with your full cooperation.

Passport Requirements for Traveling from Canada

Even if you’re a full-fledged American citizen, coming back to the US will still require you to show your passport and perhaps other similar documents for re-entry.

Dos and Don’ts for Items You Can Take Back Home

The greatest problems you could encounter when traveling from Canada and back to the US are ensuring that all items you’ve with you can cross the borders with the rest of your luggage. Last-minute travel plans usually involve whirlwind preparations but for the sake of expediency, it’s best that you take absolute care when you’re packing items.

Be organized.

Categorize items according to their source or method of purchase. Use separate packaging for items you intend to use in business, you’ve purchased for people back home, items you’ve had repaired or altered in Canada, items you’ve purchased in duty-free shops and similar establishments, and items or assets you’ve inherited or received as gifts.

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