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Visiting California - beverage limitation

Hi all,

I am traveling to California soon and will be visiting some friends there. I plan to bring along some wine bottles as a gift (in my luggage). I am not US resident nor citizen, I plan to stay there for a week. Is anyone here familiar with the alcohol beverage limitations applicable to my specific case? I already researched the relevant federal and California ABC site but am really confused and couldn't find out the answer to my question.

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Old 24.09.2016, 14:00
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Two bottles as I recall.

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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

1L is US federal customs limit for duty free. You can generally carry as much as you like and pay a (quite nominal) duty on the qty above one liter. Unless you start approaching commercial quantities.

California has no additional duties on wine personally brought by travellers.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-personal-use
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Looks like you can bring in a reasonable amount (i.e. 60 liters). They do have an ongoing drought by the way!

http://www.abc.ca.gov/permits/importing.html
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Good article:

https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-ti...ing-home-wines
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Thank you for the info provided. I have actually seen these pages before. Unfortunately they do not describe my specific situation (non US resident visiting California).
The closest explanation there is related to US citizens/ residents returning home from abroad.
I wonder if the rules are the same for non US resident - but this is not clearly explained anywhere.

I will try to contact Californinan ABC and I will post the answer here if I receive it.
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Laws are the same for residents and non residents.

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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

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I will try to contact Californinan ABC and I will post the answer here if I receive it.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has nothing to do with your situation. Upon arriving in the US (no matter where you land), you will be dealing with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They are the people you want to contact.
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

It's two bottles of wine per person, doesn't matter what nationality you are or where in the US you land.

Remember, it has to go in your checked bag, not in carry on.
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Re: Visiting California - beverage limitation

Remember, it has to go in your checked bag, not in carry on.[/QUOTE]

Yes, so pack it well. There are some cushioned containers you can buy made for packing bottles - might be worth it.
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