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Old 04-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Transporting meat into Canada?

Hi, my wife and I are going to take a three month M/H trip starting in May, 2013. We are heading to Alaska. We are towing an enclosed trailer with my powered parachute airplane and our Jeep. We also have a small chest type freezer in the trailer. My question is, last fall I killed a bear and we want to take bear steaks along with some salmon, and venison jerky with us. Is it o.k. to take it across the Canadian border? The bear was killed in Ontario, the venison was killed in Michigan and the salmon was caught in Michigan also. Anyone have any knowledge or experience with this issue?
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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Check both the Canadian and US customs websites. Basically, you can't. :(
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #3
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Why would you take salmon to AK.
Thats carrying coal to newcastle.
I to am a Michigander and made the trip in 2009. I caught WAY more salmon than we could eat and more than I ever caught in MI.
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Empty that freezer and take couple of charters for Halibut. Fill the freezer with that.
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Empty that freezer and take couple of charters for Halibut. Fill the freezer with that.
All you need is ONE halibut to fill a freezer up there!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:40 AM   #6
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Generally speaking, fresh fruits and so on are off the list. Bear steaks and the like, you aren't gonna succeed with that one either. We can't even bring open bags of dry dog food into the US and the closed bags have to have the ingredients checked.
The only foodstuffs that you can generally transport are those that are purchased at a supermarket and there are exceptions to those as well. See above. Check with Canada Customs to be certain. The first and last place for accurate information about what you can bring and not.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:14 AM   #7
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We are figuring on taking bout a month getting to Alaska, a little fish along the way seemed like a good idea, but apparently that's out. So is the bear. Well poop!!!! I guess if we want to cook for our own food, we had better re-think it all. Schwan's is looking better all the time. Thanks for all the input. This is going to be interesting.
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we went there in 2011 it all depends on boarder patrol. only thing they took was are tomatoes .have safe trip if they take something so b it don't argue with them no worries. use atm to get your money you'll get fare exchange.
safe travles bob,linda & missy
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This was a very good question and I looked for the information Government of Canada - Be Aware and Declare! - What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products? "For more detailed information, you can review the import requirements for specific products using the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). By following the appropriate prompts, you will be able to determine current requirements based on the type of product you want to bring with you."
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The ARIS system Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) - Plants - Canadian Food Inspection Agency will let you through direct questions find specific answers. I did one on personal use of ground meet and 20 KG (44lbs) per person is the limit and no problem. Salmon personal use not a problem either.
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I have made two different trips to Alaska and back to the lower 48 with our coach and trailer. We full-time so everything we own is carried with us.

The only thing I pay attention to is fresh citrus fruit. I have had that removed at either the US or Canadian Customs.

Our residential fridge/freezer is generally fully stocked with everything. We even have many bottles of opened liquor and many bottles of beer and wine in the coach at any given time.

I have never been asked to turn over any meats or alcohol, only citrus products.

I always answer the questions asked truthfully and maintain eye contact with the BPA at all times without sunglasses on. Have ALL of your documents ready whether they ask for them or not.

I cannot speak for all BP locations and how they conduct their interviews however my experiences have been while crossing in BC, AB, YK and AK. It may be different in other areas of the country.

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That is very helpful. This is kind of a trial run to see if we could ever be full-timers. Indeed, it makes sense that you would be able to carry personal use amounts. Having been a police officer for 35 years, I would absolutely be honest in answering their questions. Thank you so much for your efforts. I appreciate all of it.
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I've heard people had to leave some nice thick cut T-Bones at the border. I bet that patrol guy had a great supper.
I know they must be a little forgiving because when the wife and I came up from Florida she had bought a small bag of oranges near Florida to nibble on the way back home. When we arrived at the border they asked anout fruit, meat, etc. I told them we had about six oranges left over in the fridge that my wife bought for snacking. He said "No Problem" and let us have them.
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I have cross the border several times and they never checked my refrigerator, I don't think tat you will have any problems, but in the other hand taking Salmon to ak is like taking sand to the beach.
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