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Bringing tea to the U.S. from Asia

Postby HomeBrewGuy » Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:35 am

I was wondering how other travelers to Asia deal with bringing in tea through U.S. customs. Last time I brought in some white tea purchased on a trip to Singapore and I declared this. Of course, I then had to go through the "special" line which added an extra hour going through customs. What a pain especially after a very long flight.

How are others dealing with bringing in tea? Do you just consider the extra time in customs a cost of bringing back some great tea? Ship it back? Risk not declaring it?
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Postby plowe2103 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:49 pm

I would just bring it in w/o declareing it (unless you are bringing in some ridiculous amount) most likely if it was confiscated, you would be scolded and the customs folks would just drink it themselves......that is , unless any "G- Men" are reading this and I think you should always uphold the law and declare it!
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Postby HomeBrewGuy » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:06 pm

However, there is that issue of the nominal $10,000 fine to consider...
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Postby MeadMeister » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:01 pm

Buddy - I really don't think the federal wiretapping program is going after the confounded Asian tea smugglers of carry-on quantities.

And I seriously doubt the maximum fine is handed out to enthusiastic tourists.

They don't even look for bringing cuban cigars in. I'd be shocked they were looking for tea. Chinese customs is looking for opium and escaping citizens!
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Postby HomeBrewGuy » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:25 am

MeadMeister wrote:Buddy - I really don't think the federal wiretapping program is going after the confounded Asian tea smugglers of carry-on quantities.


Have you ever gone through customs at LAX? Not pleasant!
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Postby cooldaddybeck » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:41 am

"What? You mean I was supposed to declare tea? I didn't know that!"

'nuff said.
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Postby Stein » Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:03 pm

Tea, cuban cigars and $1 DVDs are all part of the don't ask, don't tell policy.

If you travel light (not a mountain of bags) and are on business, you will rarely have a problem. If you do, play dumb. Unless you have a mountain of the stuff, the worst thing that will happen is they take your stuff, give you a very stern warning and stamp your passport so that you always get the "special treatment" for trying to bring in stuff you shouldn't.

That isn't a great thing, but a measured risk.
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Re: Bringing tea to the U.S. from Asia

Postby HomeBrewGuy » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:01 am

If someone is bringing tea from China...I'm guessing it won't be "teabags".
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