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

jwsmobile jws at jwsss.com
Sat Sep 5 09:57:40 CDT 2015

On 9/5/2015 7:37 AM, Todd Goodman wrote:
> * Steven Hirsch <snhirsch at gmail.com> [150905 09:59]:
>> 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.
> I think there's a difference between one or two (or more) items in the
> back seat and a u-haul full of stuff too.
> Though I've been hassled coming back into the US (never going into
> Canada about computer stuff, they hassle me more about other things)
> with just my personal computers I took on vacation...
> Todd
You can pick up and have registered any foreign built systems you want 
to take out of the country.  I used to do this with all my Nikon 
equipment,, since you know the Customs department is a subsidiary of 
Nippon Kogaku.

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