11 Responses

  1. Biggles209
    Biggles209 at |

    The form can serve a useful purpose. Say you want to bring back more wine than the duty free allocation, and don’t want to pay duty on the extra. Buy some hard cheese, and declare it first on the form. Then declare the wine (dollar value only). The CBP reaction to the cheese is to send you over to USDA for inspection, and USDA does not care about duty on wine. It’s worked every time for me.

  2. Sice
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    Unfortunate society we live in today that presumes all guilty and thus required to prove innocence than the other way around. Guess the terrorists have impacted our lives more than we’d like to think.

  3. Julian
    Julian at |

    So how do you know that the US policies are irrational? They might be more costly but the benefits may also be greater. Do you have any data that you can use to support the claim that the policies are senseless? A simple fact is that the threat to the US is much greater to the smaller countries in Europe, hence the need for greater protection and scrutiny.

  4. DealsSeeker
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    When leaving Belgium a couple of years ago I couldn’t believe how security stopped everyone and made a thorough search on everyone and frisked them! Boy, I have never seen that before anywhere!

  5. Scottrick
    Scottrick at |

    I find it amusing that Miles from Blighty comments on the EU being tough on Americans since often its the UK border agents who give me the hardest time. 😀 I guess I don’t mind the grief too much. Border agents are the gatekeepers to their respective countries. Most of them I find are cautious but not exactly rude. At least their questioning and suspicion makes sense, whereas TSA asking me to say my name doesn’t really achieve anything.

  6. anat0l
    anat0l at |

    Come to Australia. We might not give you a hard time to cross the border (unless you’re “only here for 1 day” ;-)) but our Quarantine form will send you up the wall if you’re not careful (as will our customs agents).

    #1 rule when coming to Australia: declare anything. Read the form properly, if you are even remotely doubtful, even if you are so much a carrying a crumb of food, tick ‘yes’ to declare.

    This is not a joke. To be honest, even as an Austalian citizen, I find it quicker to declare something (e.g. food, chocolate) and go through customs than not.

  7. Global traveler
    Global traveler at |

    We just came back from a trip to Europe last month. My daughter & I are US citizens and my mom is Canadian citizen. My mom & I traveled on Canadian passport and my daughter on US passport. I thought since it was still valid I could use it for the last time and apply for US passport when it expires in May. The custom officials berated me and questioned me why I did not travel outside US for the last three years since I became US citizen. I believed that Bush Jr. did not travel outside USA before he ran for presidency. Another asked why my daughter did not wear glasses like it showed on passport. I did not know she had to inform them she’d changed to contact lenses. Another custom official approached my mom and asked” How do I know you won’t stay and live in CA with them?” . She won’t unless she wants to put an eighty year old woman under surveillance -someone who is not tech-savy, marathon runner & has no sticky fingers with no criminal record anywhere in the world!!!There are many morons at customs and TSA whose questions are downright retarded. We pay these people to rely on them to safeguard us from the threat of terrorists?? Didn’t they work in the same department when 9-11 took place?Heaven saves us all. Both the customs and TSA agents are quite hostile to people who pass through the check-points. We only ask them to use common sense & be accountable while on duty. We all cannot live safely in the world surrounded by hostile countries/ people no matter how much we feel invincible and mighty.

  8. NB
    NB at |

    As a US and UK citizen, I find arriving in the US on my US passport to be far worse than arriving in the EU on my UK passport. The latter is a simple computer scan; whereas the former is a long-winded and time-consuming process involving idiotic questions from the immigration agent and bureaucratic forms from the customs agents.

    However, my friends who arrive in the US on non-US passports describe it as one of the most unpleasant and degrading experiences they have ever encountered. As my 82 year old mother in law said on her first trip to the US last year, she was interviewed by a gum-chewing slob with a gun and made to feel like a criminal, even having her fingerprints taken, something which elsewhere would be one of the grossest invasions of privacy imaginable. Not surprisingly, she has no desire to return to such a police state.

  9. Scott M.
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    @Global traveler:

    “Didn’t they work in the same department when 9-11 took place?”

    No, the TSA was created after 9/11 in response to the attacks. I am not defending the agency or its often idiotic policies and employees, since I don’t think they are very effective, and certainly not at all cost effective.