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Old 05-12-2015, 07:07 AM   #1
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Border Crossing into the USA

Heading to the USA this weekend.

I plan on crossing at the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron. Are there any special procedures I should know about when crossing with the RV? Or is it just that same as crossing with my car?

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Old 05-12-2015, 07:33 AM   #2
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Nothing special, do not bring fresh vegetables, fruits or meat, it can be a hassle... Also no firewood, years ago they took it for you, now they turn you down and refuse your entry and you have to drop it in Canada, so no firewood!

Sometimes the custom agent enter the MH and roughly check if something is suspicious, open the bathroom door, check what's in the fridge, or check all the basement outside with a dog.

Except this, same questions as with a car:
- where are you from
- where are you going
- how many days
- something to declare
etc

I crossed the border more than a hundred times in car and 50 times with the MH, never had a problem.

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Watch the signs for proper lanes while entering to make sure there are no clearance issues. Other then that it will be about the same as in a vehicle.
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If bringing pet food it must be in the original container or they will confiscate it.
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Heading to the USA this weekend.

I plan on crossing at the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron. Are there any special procedures I should know about when crossing with the RV? Or is it just that same as crossing with my car?

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+1 for the pet food.
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At Port Huron, there are one or two lanes designated for RVs (and cars). These lanes are equipped with taller Custom's scanners so it is important that you use the correct lanes. Once off the bridge, proceed slowly so you can get into the correct lanes. They have signage above them but you will need to look closely to find the correct lane.
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We have borders ?
Good question. Up north, probably still yes. Down here, it's gone. North is probably next.
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And, a different thread reported CA and U.S. border patrol will confiscate all eggs-both ways.
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#1 If able phone US customs, things are changing on short notice (within 24 hrs)
#2 Make a LIST of all foodstuffs in your RV and present it to the Customs officer at the checkpoint - EVEN IF you think you comply. YOU are required to declare all items you are bringing into the US and if you forget to mention one item you can be fined +$300 for not declaring.
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1.) Keep a log that shows when you left Canada along with your itinerary showing destinations' address.
2.) Declare cash more than $10,000 along with prescription meds.
3.) Of course, your pass ports.
4.) Chances are good that you could be randomly picked for a thorough inspection, therefore having a list of all your luggage contents doesn't hurt, ie. cameras, electronics, etc. The border agent may find stuff you've been looking for or didn't you still had.
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And, a different thread reported CA and U.S. border patrol will confiscate all eggs-both ways.
Yeah it's an hassle, even if I can buy, in Canada, a bag of carrots in a sealed bag written "Product of USA", they can confiscate it. Now I only bring dry food or cans, they went throught the fridge a couple of time and never say anything. A friend of mine got one (yes, 1) tomato confiscated.

But as a Canadian I can freely "import" 24 eggs as far as I know when I come back to Canada.
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