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Just some questions about POE at Sarnia/Port Huron

Do we need an inventory of what he is bringing with him?

Do we need to pay duty on items he owns?

Is there anything he cannot bring with me?

Any other information or advice would be great!

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Yes, you should have a list of items coming with him. It doesn't have to be itemized but along the lines of : 1 box of books, 2 suitcases personal clothing, 1 box personal file folders; 2 boxes kitchenware; 1 bed; 1 set of drawers; 1 computer (make and serial numbers); 1 box CDs (used), etc.. They may or may not look at the list but you should have it available.

Your fiance is allowed to bring in his used personal belongings duty free. All of his items are subject to inspection, although it is unlikely they will do more than a cursory check, if that. If he has anything obviously new (less than a year old) he is supposed to pay duty on it but it is unlikely they will check, unless it is obvious.

Here is a list of restricted and prohibited items: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml Generally, there are restrictions on alcohol, food stuffs,weapons, tobacco products, plant products (house plants require phytosanitary certificates from CFIA); etc. It is best to review the list and find homes for other things that are prohibited, restricted or for which he requires documentation and doesn't have it. If he has any prescription medication - and he should plan on bringing a 3 months supply if he requires it - he should also have a copy from the doctor listing the prescription.

That being said, I crossed at Sarnia/Port Huron as well. They are a busy POE, efficient and experienced. They didn't check my belongings list or the car with my personal items in it, but they did give me the lecture about getting married within 90 days and not to leave the US without the green card because I wouldn't get back in :) .

Good luck at your POE.

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We weren't asked anything about what my husband was bringing in, but we had packed all his stuff in a sedan, so it wasn't much. The guy who processed us was a total jerk, though everyone else was friendlier than I usually see at customs. I guess we got the one "winner" out of the whole bunch.

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