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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:09 am

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Welcome to Canada. Our customs suck. End of story.

They abuse their power. I'm glad you didn't get the anal probe.

In all seriousness, the one tip I can give you all is to reasonably declare your stuff. Use common sense. Canadian customs will rip another orifice if they even suspect you are not honest. The 20 minute questioning you got is I'm sure just the start.

Google stories about how they take your stuff away and make you pay upwards of 150% plus fines to get it back.

JoDa wrote:Oh, also, I went to Vancouver last summer, and the Customs agent was ALSO very unpleasant to me! She was the exception in that trip, but there were moments when I didn't think I was going to get into the country, and I was on the verge of tears because I was jet-lagged and my brain thought it was almost 3 AM. Usually telling Customs agents that I work for the US government disarms them and they wave me through with very few other questions, but she was NOT impressed by that. She just kept harping on me GASPGASPGASP vacationing alone and wanted to know WHY (???) I was doing that. It took me 20 minutes to get through, and even then I was watching my back because her attitude made me believe she would summon a Mountie to follow me around. Perhaps it was the same dour witch? Fortunately, everyone else was really nice.
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Postby whit » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:50 am

Last time I went to bc was years ago, with family, on a tour thing, and we drove from Seattle over

Not sure if I should be glad I'm reminded of this now so I can be prepared and not bring anything nice

Or scared that they're gonna give me something close to a rectum exam anyways

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Postby MemberSince99 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:35 pm

nismoZtuner wrote:aww man how i dislike those people. They are just like the ones who walk into a store and haven't even planed out how they are going to pay for their items-

I have been into stores having to wait until the person in front of me is counting change to pay or looking in their pockets for money --_--



You gotta love the ones who are going to pay with a check. They stand there motionless checkbook in hand, until given the total by the clerk, THEN they start to fill it out with things they could have already put in like Payee, date, signature, etc. I've wondered what goes through their minds as they do that but maybe I don't want to know.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:38 pm

whit wrote:Last time I went to bc was years ago, with family, on a tour thing, and we drove from Seattle over

Not sure if I should be glad I'm reminded of this now so I can be prepared and not bring anything nice

Or scared that they're gonna give me something close to a rectum exam anyways


Nah, I'm not scared to bring or wear nice things thru customs. Heck I can always be found going thru airports and borders dressed as well as I do daily. I have my expensive watches with me, designer briefcase, clothing, personal electronics, etc.

My mantra is.... I have always paid duty where duty is due. I buy my things in Canada (don't get me wrong, I want a deal but I am so busy I won't waste my time to save 3-5%) so have proof duty and taxes has been paid. As I procure designer things, the local boutiques all know me and I am not afraid if customs calls them to check.

AND here is the kicker.... my anal self has all the info (receipts) of items I travel with scanned into a thumb drive. IF they ever question me about anythig, I hand over the thumb drive and take a seat... asking for a cup of coffee.

Fill your boots custom officer, it's all there along with a contact list and numbers for the people you need to call and verify. Lawyer included :)
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Postby jlam572 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:05 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Nah, I'm not scared to bring or wear nice things thru customs. Heck I can always be found going thru airports and borders dressed as well as I do daily. I have my expensive watches with me, designer briefcase, clothing, personal electronics, etc.

My mantra is.... I have always paid duty where duty is due. I buy my things in Canada (don't get me wrong, I want a deal but I am so busy I won't waste my time to save 3-5%) so have proof duty and taxes has been paid. As I procure designer things, the local boutiques all know me and I am not afraid if customs calls them to check.

AND here is the kicker.... my anal self has all the info (receipts) of items I travel with scanned into a thumb drive. IF they ever question me about anythig, I hand over the thumb drive and take a seat... asking for a cup of coffee.

Fill your boots custom officer, it's all there along with a contact list and numbers for the people you need to call and verify. Lawyer included :)


I am concerned about this. I have a trip to japan next year, and I have never traveled out of the country with my timepieces. Should I be concerned and make copies of my receipts to bring with me? Now that I have a few, I like to bring 2 with me when I travel.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:16 pm

jlam572 wrote:I am concerned about this. I have a trip to japan next year, and I have never traveled out of the country with my timepieces. Should I be concerned and make copies of my receipts to bring with me? Now that I have a few, I like to bring 2 with me when I travel.


No brainer answer. Absolutely yes.

Show proof and bam, all your customs worries dissapear.

Can't show proof, you slowly walk to the room where bubba awaits with a latex finger glove on.
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Postby djrez4 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:39 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:No brainer answer. Absolutely yes.

Show proof and bam, all your customs worries dissapear.

Can't show proof, you slowly walk to the room where bubba awaits with a latex finger glove on.


Japanese customs didn't look at me twice when I rolled through with a monster 50.5mm bezel. I think they have bigger fish to fry.

On the way back, use that Global Entry reimbursement on the Platinum card. No one to bother you at the GE kiosk.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:47 pm

djrez4 wrote:Japanese customs didn't look at me twice when I rolled through with a monster 50.5mm bezel. I think they have bigger fish to fry.

On the way back, use that Global Entry reimbursement on the Platinum card. No one to bother you at the GE kiosk.


UNLESS... you get an officer having a bad day.

I am absolutely risk adverse when the consequences are a huge pain to deal with.
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Postby jlam572 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:28 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:No brainer answer. Absolutely yes.

Show proof and bam, all your customs worries dissapear.

Can't show proof, you slowly walk to the room where bubba awaits with a latex finger glove on.


Sounds like fun. Yeah im going to have to make copies of my receipts when I get home today from work haha.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:59 pm

jlam572 wrote:Sounds like fun. Yeah im going to have to make copies of my receipts when I get home today from work haha.


Hey, good call.

I've learned to live my life always assessing risks versus the rewards.

It can be cumbersome but with practise, these risk reviews can be done so quickly it becomes second nature.

I'd like to think this 'behavior' has made me if not saved me loads of money and time.
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