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Old 05-30-2005, 09:40 AM   #1
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Last Friday as we closed in on the the two-mile backup at the border, we realized that my wife's beef bourguignon would not make it across.

We have several options......eat it while waiting in line, toss it out the window ( and become single again....h-mmm, have to work on that one), or tell the guy that it is a horse bourguignon. We decided on the latter. So horse bourguignon it was, except that we completely forgot to declare it. Must be old age.
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Just wanted to report that we crossed at Sarnia on Sept 26th when we went to Newmar in Indiana.Customs agent was super nice, but took our tangerines and frozen lasagna and frozen ground beef...Told us only young live beef animals allowed..Hey! we did not have enough space......or weight allowance.....
When we cross again at end of October we will hope not to have agriculture inspection....Such a waste of valuable time for us senior snowbirds.....
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The percentage of times that Customs officers, both sides, ask the food questions is less than when such issues are front and centre in the news.

I got asked the dog food question this summer, after I'd spent the season telling people not to kid themselves, the regulation was still there.

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This was posted at the neighbors, but it's worth a sticky for all. I find the poultry as 'enterable' very interesting

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The following was sent out by the Canadian Snowbird Organization in an e-mail to, I assume, all members. Please note it was dated July 21, 2005.

Interperate it & use it as you see fit.


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Updated July 21, 2005 (Subject to further updates and revisions without notice)

The information provided in this bulletin has been supplied by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service office at Port Huron, Michigan as a general guide to the general public for bringing fruits, vegetables, plants, plant products, meat products, or live animals into the United States. Some states, including Florida, Texas, and California, may have more restrictive entry requirements. This information is not for commercial importers. Information is also available at the website http://www.aphis.usda.gov.
For additional information please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service office at the Canada/U.S. border crossing you are planning to use for travel to the U.S. this coming season.

All fruits, vegetables, plants, plant products, meat products, and live animals MUST BE DECLARED at the time of entry into the United States regardless of whether they are allowed or not.

** YOU COULD BE ASSESSED A MONETARY PENALTY FOR NOT DECLARING ALL SUCH ITEMS. **

FRESH FRUITS:
* As a general rule, fruits grown in Canada are enterable.
* Fruits not grown in Canada or the U.S. are restricted or prohibited. If there is doubt as t

o the fruit's origin, it will be considered prohibited. It may be helpful to leave stickers on and keep fruit in the original store package.
* U.S. citrus fruits are enterable only if sealed in their original box or bag. Fruit that is loose, mixed, or not sealed in their original box or bag are prohibited. All other citrus fruits are prohibited.
* Tropical fruits are not grown in Canada and are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, rambutans, lychees, and longans.
* Bananas labelled as coming from South or Central America are enterable.
* Fruits which can be grown in Canada but are obviously out of season (for example, grapes or peaches in the winter) are not likely to be of Canadian origin and are prohibited.

FRESH VEGETABLES:
* As a general rule, vegetables grown in Canada are enterable.
* Vegetables not grown in Canada or the U.S. are restricted or prohibited. If there is doubt as to the vegetable's origin, it will be considered prohibited. It may be helpful to leave stickers on and keep vegetables in the original store package.
* Potatoes, carrots, and other root crops from Newfoundland and British Columbia are prohibited or restricted.
* Corn-on-the-cob for human consumption is enterable into Michigan but must be treated for insects if going to western or southern states.
* All commercially packaged hard frozen vegetables are enterable.

POULTRY:
* There is no general ban on poultry at this time.

MEAT and DAIRY PRODUCTS:
* Meats, meat products, and animal by-products from ruminant animals of Canadian origin are PROHIBITED. This includes frozen, cooked, canned or otherwise processed products containing beef, veal, or lamb. This rule also applies to homemade foods, such as lasagne, stews, chilli, spaghetti sauce and sandwiches that you may have in your vehicle for consumption while travelling. See below for exception. Ruminants include cows, sheep, and goats.
* Hunter-harvested bison, buffalo, goat, antelope, musk ox, sheep, or yak which are eviscerated, headless, and accompanied by a valid hunting licence are enterable. If not hunter-harvested, these animals are prohibited.
* Caribou, deer, elk, moose, and reindeer are enterable with or without head and eviscerated or not eviscerated, provided that the type of animal can be determined or proven with documentation.
* All pet foods made in Canada are PROHIBITED. Pet foods in original packaging clearly labelled "Product of U.S.A." or "Made in the U.S.A." are enterable.
* Meats and meat products (fresh, frozen, or cooked) from swine, poultry, or fish of Canadian origin are enterable. Quantities over 50 pounds require inspection by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.
* Hard cheese without meat is enterable from all countries.
* Other dairy products for human consumption of Canadian origin are enterable.

PLANTS:
* All plants, whether indoor or outdoor, must be accompanied by either:
* An original Canadian Phytosanitary Certificate or
* A yellow Greenhouse Certification sticker
* Phytosanitary certificates or greenhouse certification stickers may be available from the business where the plants are purchased. Please check before purchasing.
* All plants in soil from British Columbia and Newfoundland are restricted or prohibited.
* Some plants are prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, bamboo, citrus, barberry, and Oregon grape plants.
* Some plants have special entry requirements due to endangered species status. These include orchid, palm, cactus, and Venus flytrap plants.
* A number of other plants must also meet special entry requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, many fruit trees, bushes, and vines.
* Fresh cut Christmas trees from Ontario for personal use in Michigan are unrestricted.

To avoid problems, please call for the import requirements of any plants you are planning to bring into the U.S.

CUT FLOWERS:
* All cut flowers of Canadian origin are restricted. Inspection is required.

SEEDS AND NUTS:
Seeds and Nuts for Eating or Cooking
* As a general rule, nuts and seeds of Canadian origin are enterable. If there is doubt as to where they were grown, it will be considered to be of non-Canadian origin.
* Nuts and seeds of non-Canadian origin may be restricted or prohibited. Inspection is required. Please note that these restrictions apply to both raw and cooked nuts and seeds. Seeds for Planting
* Berberis, Mahonia, and Mahoberberis seeds are prohibited.
* An original Phytosanitary Certificate or Seed Analysis certificate must accompany all other plant seeds of Canadian origin. These seeds must be grown in Canada, not just packed in Canada.
* Seeds of non-Canadian origin are restricted or prohibited.

OTHER FOOD ITEMS:
* Uncooked rice grown outside the U.S. is restricted. Inspection is required.
* Dried citrus fruit and citrus peel are prohibited.
* Most other commercially packaged dried fruits and vegetables are enterable.
* Commercially canned and commercially frozen fruits and vegetables are generally enterable.
* Bakery goods without meat (breads, bagels, doughnuts, pies cakes) are enterable from all countries.

LIVE ANIMALS
* Please refer to the CSA Travel Information Guide for general information concerning your pet travelling with you to the U.S.
* For specific question please contact the USDA Veterinarian at (301) 734-3277 or your local Canada/US border crossing.

** ALL RUMINANT AMIMALS, RODENTS FROM AFRICA, and CIVETS ARE PROHIBITED. **

Restrictions on the importation of fruits, vegetables, plants, plant products, meat products, and live animals help to safeguard American agriculture by preventing the entry for new agricultural pests and diseases into the United States. You can help by following the guidelines in this pamphlet and declaring all of your fruits, vegetables, plants, plant products, meat products, and live animals each time you cross the border into the United States. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



Canadian Snowbird Association
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The Canadian Snowbird Association is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:05 AM   #7
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Good Post L.K.
We now have clear and concise, wording and explanations of the Regulations, concerning the importation of meat and meat products into the U.S.A. This is a great help as NO ONE seemed to know what the heck was going on before. This information will now eliminate the confusion on both sides of the border....Brad
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Yeah, well Brad, "subject to change without notice".

I wasn't being re. the poultry. After all there was avian flu on this continent last year (BC & TX), so that one may have changed. If it hasn't, it will soon. Given all the media spin avian flu's migration to Turkey is getting this week, there is bound to be somebody putting political pressure on both sides of the border soon (even if PM the PM is talking with W as we speak). I'm sure we've seen rather 'the worst is going to happen' threads elsewhere.

But re. the timeliness of the post, well, none of us went and checked our bookmarks to USDA 'cause our trips south aren't scheduled for awhile. So, we're all lax there. The effective date is July 21, 2005.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> I find the poultry as 'enterable' very interesting </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think avian flu can only be transmitted from a live bird. Once they are dead (ieroceesed) the flu virus is also dead.
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Well, I can see where you would get that impression. Where avian flu has occurred, the birds in those flocks have been killed and 'disposed of'. I'm not sure whether that is land fill or cremation.

However, there certainly are many, many, many comments from diverse sources in the media that some flus have mutated into humans. That has always been the concern, because it sounds like the medical authorities think humans have very little immunity.

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Little Kopit:
birds in those flocks have been killed and 'disposed of'. I'm not sure whether that is land fill or cremation........... OR MAYBE............

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LOL Skip!!

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The Passport issue for land crossings into the US is dead , both Govs have now agreed on the use of cards instead. Here is the latest news concerning passports.

U.S. proposal to require passports from everyone crossing the Canada-U.S. border has been scrapped in favour of a new security card.

The so-called PASS (People Access Security Service) card is the size of a credit card, costs half of what a passport would, and will contain a special ID that could be read metres away at border crossings, according to administration officials.
It'll be required by Jan. 1, 2008, from all Americans, Canadians and Mexicans arriving in the United States over land.

"We're talking about, essentially, the kind of driver's licence or other simple card identification that almost all of us carry in our wallets day in and day out," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Passports will still be required of Canadians at U.S. airports and seaports by the end of 2006.
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Hi folks
We crossed the border into Canada at Prescott Ontario , 1 May 2006.
Canadian Customs spent about 10 minutes inside our trailer and went right thru our truck..They did not leave a mess.

Asked lots of questions and wanted to see our camping receipt for the two night in the States.

Wanted to know if we had a safe or booze bar in the trailer , we didn't...

We had two litres of booze , they wanted to know where we purchased it and what kind...???

First time we have been stopped , however we had our passports and were 100% ready and legal , got thru OK...
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