Electronic devices and borders - Re: Possible road trip....Illnois, Canada, Maine and back

Steven Hirsch snhirsch at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 08:59:06 CDT 2015

On Fri, 4 Sep 2015, william degnan wrote:

> I had fun taking 20 IBM pc's from Montreal to the usa.  I ended up 
> setting up a broker account to ship items in a rented van.  It was do 
> this or the items would be impounded.  I had to be escorted by flashing 
> lights custims police bacj into canada.  You can't simply drive through 
> customs without correct paperwork.  Stuck at border and customs for 6 
> hours.

When did this become so difficult?  Joe Thiemann gave me a literal car 
load of classic gear before he moved to Germany.  My wife and I made a day 
trip to Montreal and had absolutely no problems at the border coming back 
in.  I think the ICE agent found it amusing.  They took a brief look at 
the back seat, then asked what was in the trunk.  I said "..more of the 
same".  After a brief grimace, he waved me through.


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