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Hello to all Filipino VJ! It is a very good and blessed day for me and my husband and we are thankful that our journey will be already end up for good and the waiting is so worth it. Anyway, I just wanted to have advice if I can bring a cigarettes like 2 cartoons of Marlboro. Is it not bad to bring like that? Advice is really appreciated, thank you and GOD bless to all of us...GOD is good all the time!

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hi, i think they will tax you on the marlboros when you bring into the U.S., i know they taxed me on smokes tequila and kahlua when i visited mexico, I dont remember how much it was though. good luck.


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Hello to all Filipino VJ! It is a very good and blessed day for me and my husband and we are thankful that our journey will be already end up for good and the waiting is so worth it. Anyway, I just wanted to have advice if I can bring a cigarettes like 2 cartoons of Marlboro. Is it not bad to bring like that? Advice is really appreciated, thank you and GOD bless to all of us...GOD is good all the time!

the "official" limit for tourists is 200 cigarettes. As a monthly international traveler, 3 or 4 cartons won't raise a suspicion but if you are caught you will pay taxes or they will be confiscated. In 10 years of travel I have never been searched (bought 10 US cartons last trip and returned with them and sold them today for 150% profit). PS I don't smoke.


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You may get away with it, but if you don't, they'll either be confiscated or they'll turn out to be verrrry expensive. Go to www.cbp.gov and search "failure to declare."


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In 10 years of travel I have never been searched (bought 10 US cartons last trip and returned with them and sold them today for 150% profit). PS I don't smoke.

Whoa. That is certainly something I would never risk.

Mrs. Taylor, as the others say, 200 cigarettes is the duty free limit. If you bring more you must declare it. It is up to the officer whether they make you pay the duty on any overages or not. Honesty is always best.

Moving from IR-1/CR-1 Process to General Immigration Discussion.


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yes u can bring, my fiance had 2 box of marlboro last january,put in center wrap with a black shirt.just dont put it in hand carry bags :)..god bless..

200 cigarettes is the limit...others must be "declared"


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Whoa. That is certainly something I would never risk.

Mrs. Taylor, as the others say, 200 cigarettes is the duty free limit. If you bring more you must declare it. It is up to the officer whether they make you pay the duty on any overages or not. Honesty is always best.

Moving from IR-1/CR-1 Process to General Immigration Discussion.

You don't have to risk it if you don't wish to. POEs is as common to me as TSA is since I travel weekly. It becomes second nature and you begin to "know" what to look for. I do not do such acts each time but at times it's worth it. To each their own


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Hello to all Filipino VJ! It is a very good and blessed day for me and my husband and we are thankful that our journey will be already end up for good and the waiting is so worth it. Anyway, I just wanted to have advice if I can bring a cigarettes like 2 cartoons of Marlboro. Is it not bad to bring like that? Advice is really appreciated, thank you and GOD bless to all of us...GOD is good all the time!

Why would u take the risk for 2 boxes of Marlboro?? when we have Marlboro here? It's not bad at all but if i were u i am not bringing any thing that we already have here in the US. It's not worth it if it will cause any problem..u will never know what's gonna happen??

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2 rims of marlboro from PI is fine, i was able to bring 2 rims for a friend from both of my trip in 09 and 10, and yes i did declare them... and a friend was able to bring like 4 rims, but only declared 2.. just to be on a safe side, just bring 2 and declare them :)

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most posters are right, you can only bring 2 reams, other than that, should be declared. my husband didnt bring any when he went back home, because DHS raised alerts, coinciding the moscow airport bombings. if not really needed, just dont bring any...they have it there anyhow..


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You don't have to risk it if you don't wish to. POEs is as common to me as TSA is since I travel weekly. It becomes second nature and you begin to "know" what to look for. I do not do such acts each time but at times it's worth it. To each their own

You assume that I am not a freqent traveller.

My point, however, was that it's illegal. But the criminal mindset, as Boing points out, has a way of justifiying its actions.


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Boing!, you are absolutely correct! Sorry, I had to chime in on this one. My fellow colleges on VJ, this is really not the type of question that should be addressed or discussed on VJ. There are vast arenas you can research via the Web to see how many cigarettes you can legally bring into the U.S. I for one can appreciate a cost savings of goods or the fact someone has an immense desire to smoke, but there would seem to be more to the story beneath the surface concerning this question. I agree with Bojng, this seems more in line with smuggling prospects.

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You don't want to get caught bringing in more than what is allowed and you need to declare it. Last time I came back from seeing my wife, they had detained a woman that failed to declare something. I actually think she was a flight attendant. She looked like she was in big trouble and she was crying.

I also made a mistake. They decided to search everything I had. It was in Detroit on the day that Michigan played Ohio State. I had a sweat shirt that had Ohio state across the front of it. Woops!! I had to wear something on the plane because it can get cold and I was coming back from the Philippines. Never gave it a thought until they sent me through the search and destroy line. I was so concerned that they were going to get me for not declaring a bag of duty free nuts.

It just is not worth the B.S. you will have to deal with.

You need to think about what the consequences are and decide if that little bit of money is worth it.

Good luck

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