To prevent the entry of dangerous agricultural pests the following are restricted: fruits, vegetables, plants, plant products, soil, meats, meat products, birds, snails,
and other live animals or animal products. Failure to declare all such items to a Customs/Agriculture Officer can result in fines or other penalties. Currency and Monetary Instruments
The transportation of currency or monetary instruments, regardless of amount, is legal; however, if you take out of or bring into (or are about to take out of or bring into) the United States more than $10,000 (U.S. or foreign equivalent, or a combination of the two) in coin, currency, travelers checks or bearer instruments such as money orders, checks, stocks or bonds, you are required by law to file a report with the U.S. Customs Service. If you have the currency or instruments carried for you by someone else, you must also file the report. Failure to file the required report or false statements on the report may lead to seizure of the currency or instruments and to civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. Merchandise
U.S. residents must declare the total value of all articles acquired abroad (whether new or used, whether dutiable* or not, and whether obtained by purchase, as a gift, or otherwise), including those purchases made in duty free stores in the U.S. or abroad, which are in their or their family's possession at the time of arrival. Visitors must declare the total value of all gifts and commercial items, including samples they are bringing with them.
The amount of duty to be paid will be determined by a Customs officer. U.S. residents are normally entitled to a duty free exemption of $400 on those items accompanying them; nonresidents are normally entitled to an exemption of $100. Both residents and non-residents will normally be required to pay a flat 10% rate* of duty on the first $1,000 above their exemptions.
2. Study the text and answer the following questions:
26. What substances are restricted for importation?
27. What are the reasons for customs restrictions?
28. What articles must be declared by U.S. residents and visitors?
29. What penalties may be imposed for violating U.S. Customs regulations?
30. What are the regulations for importing currency and monetary instruments?
31. What is the difference in duty free exemption for US residents and non-residents?
3.Study the chart below and try to find answers to the following questions:
Goods obtained duty and tax free or goods obtained outside the EC
Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EC
200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
300 cigarettes or 150 cigarillos or 75 cigars or 400 grams of tobacco
2 liters of still table wine 1 liter over 22% vol. (e.g. spirits and strong liqueurs) or
2 liters not over 22% vol. (e.g low- strength liqueurs or fortified wines or sparkling wines or
A further 2 liters of still table wine
5 liters of still table wine
1.5 liters over 22% 1. (e.g. spirits and
3 liters not over 22% vol.(e.g. low- strength liqueurs or fortified wines or sparkling wines or A further 3 liters of still table wine
Persons under 17 are not entitled to tobacco and drinks allowances
50 grams (60 cc or 2 fl oz)
75 grams (90 cc or 3fl oz)
250 cc (9 fl oz)
32.Can you bring in 7 liters of table wine bought in a Paris supermarket?
33. Can you import 20 packs of cigarettes and 50 cigars if you got them in the Frankfurt airport?
34. Can you carry two cartons of cigarettes if you are traveling with your 14- year- old son?
35. Can you bring in a 300-gram bottle of toilet water from Budapest?
36.Do you think that citizens of EC countries have an advantage in importing goods? Explain your point of view.