Bringing Drugs/Alcohol Back into the Country

If you’ve recently been in a country outside of the United States for vacation or work purposes then you may wish to bring a few souvenirs home. One great souvenir that many people end up bringing home is alcohol. You might want to bring a bottle of wine or other alcohol home across the border. Though for the most part this is perfectly fine, there are a few regulations that should be considered. Here are a few frequently asked questions.

Can I Bring Alcohol Back into the Country?

The short answer is yes you can. Generally, the standard rule is that one liter of alcohol may be brought back over the United States border per each adult over 21 years of age if it was purchased in a duty free shop. Those who are under the age of 21 are not permitted to bring alcohol back over the US border because in the United States, such people cannot legally have or consume alcohol.

What If I Want to Bring More than One Liter Back?

Again, this is legal for those ages 21 and older. However, this alcohol may be subject to federal excise tax upon reentry to the US. These taxes are based off of each individual’s circumstances and vary accordingly. There is also a chance they will be free. These taxes will be determined and paid at the port of entry.

Is There a Federal Limit on Importing Alcohol for Personal Use?

There is no exact federal limit on alcohol intended for personal use. This being said, large quantities of alcohol being brought back over the border may raise suspicion that the alcohol is for commercial use. And a customs/border patrol officer may require you to get an alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau (TTB) license before they release it to you. This license is required for all commercial use.

Are Drugs Permitted Across U.S. Borders?

The answer to this is no. There are severe penalties for trying to bring illegal drugs back over US borders, up to 20 years in prison can be served. Even if this is a drug you have been prescribed by a medical doctor and try to import it back over in hopes of saving money, this is still prohibited. The only people who are legally allowed to import drugs are drug manufactures. The only exceptions to this rule are drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you purchased alcohol in another country, then you can most likely bring it with you when you return home. You just need to be aware of and follow the rules and regulations that accompany foreign items. When it comes to bringing prescription drugs back over the US borders, it is best not to risk it. Even if you were prescribed a medication, it will not be allowed into the US unless it is an FDA approved drug. If you have more questions, you can contact us here.