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    Default Jamaican Rum and Customs

    I have seen some information regarding the following concern, but some of the replies are dated...

    We will be heading to CTI in May-June and will have connecting flights. In a previous trip to CSA we had a non-stop flight and purchased our Jamaican rum at the duty free liquor post at the airport. I am concerned about making a purchase at the airport and then having the airport take it away at customs.

    On a connecting flight, will we receive our checked bags at the first stop and be able to put it in the checked luggage?

    I feel silly asking, but I just want to make sure.

    Thanks!

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    Yes, at your first stop you can put into checked bags.

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    It isn't customs that would take it away, it has to met the 3 oz rule to go through TSA again to get to your connecting flight. You get your bag after immigration so you can put it in your baged to be checked. Just leave alittle room; I think they reweigh them....

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    They definitely re-weigh them We had this experience and had to do some shuffling around!

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    Incase you are wondering you DO NOT have to pay for the checked bag again.

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    On our way home from CTI we had a stop over in Atlanta. We had to go through customs there. After clearing customs, you collect your luggage and take it over to your connecting flight. That's when we put our bottles into our luggage. To my knowledge it was never even weighed again.

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    Does anyone know how much alcohol you can bring back? Its been 7 years since we've been out of the country. Just need to know how much room I need to leave in my suitcase

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    We just got back from CN...I bought some cream rum at the resort to use up my credits..I payed 26.00 per bottle...then when i got to the airport we had plenty of time...sunshine liquor has sangsters..the other duty free does not...you can bring back unlimited cream rum and the pack it for you...14.00 per bottle...when we got to Atlanta we picked up our bags at customs and after clearing we put it in our checked luggage...I don't believe our bags were weighed again because we were not charged extra..

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    1 littler per person, more then that you have to pay tax but there is no federal restrictions on how much you can bring back. If you bring back large amount customs my require that you have TTB import liscens, because you might be selling it.

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    The duty-free shops at Montego Bay (and indeed at most airports) is on the "sterile" side of the security checkpoints. Therefore, there are no issues with purchasing. You will need your passport and boarding pass to purchase alcohol.

    We routinely bring back two or three bottles for each of us. I believe that the duty-free limit, however, is two per person, and one of those must be manufactured in any of the Caribbean Basin countries. We have yet to be taxed extra for our carry-backs. By the way, unless things have changed, there is no limit or duty (other than weight and commercial amounts) due on low alcohol items such as Sangster's Rum Cream.

    As of last year, you were allowed to carry them on to your flight out of Montego Bay. You must, however, place them into your check bags when you reclaim them. I've not seen them re-weighed at Atlanta, Charlotte or Detroit... that doesn't mean they don't, I've just never seen them do it, and I've never been charged a second time. If your first port of call in the US is your home-base airport, you're not necessarily off the hook. You might still need to transfer the stuff into your checked luggage as a matter of policy, depending on your airport; silly, yes, but not all that big an inconvenience.

    Hope that helps.
    Chris

    "In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty..." - Bob Marley - "Rat Race"


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    We just returned yesterday and went to Sunshine duty free store in the airport. The sign in the store says you are allowed 2 liters of alcohol duty free per passenger. We had a direct flight so we didn't have to worry about re-packing it in our luggage for the connecting flight.

    Since they pack 3 liter size bottles in one carry box, we purchased 3 bottles and used the box as one carry-on item. I was able to put the box in the overhead compartment on the plane.

    Do not buy rum before you get to the airport, it will be much cheaper there and they box it nicely.

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    I also agree with your suggested course of action.
    The airport duty-free shop is the best place to purchase drinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius Titulescu View Post
    I also agree with your suggested course of action.
    The airport duty-free shop is the best place to purchase drinks.
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    Marius
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    This is a GREAT idea!!! Until you skip buying anything at the resort, get to the airport, and realize they are sold out of EVERYTHING you wanted to buy that you COULD have bought on resort. That was not a happy ending to our trip...... Not one single bottle of rum cream (sangsters or wray & nephew), and no 12 year appleton in the entire airport. Buying on resort would have cost more, but that is what resort credits are for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetnessinthesand View Post
    This is a GREAT idea!!! Until you skip buying anything at the resort, get to the airport, and realize they are sold out of EVERYTHING you wanted to buy that you COULD have bought on resort. That was not a happy ending to our trip...... Not one single bottle of rum cream (sangsters or wray & nephew), and no 12 year appleton in the entire airport. Buying on resort would have cost more, but that is what resort credits are for.
    Yup, I ALWAYS buy some rum cream at the resort with resort credits. I would rather pay more with free money at csa than wait to buy at the airport and get shut out.

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    I also bring bubble wrap and big zip lock bads and pack them in our checked bag and won't have to mess with it later.

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    If it helps to transport these bottles into your checked bag you can purchase "Jet Bags" or "Bottle Diapers" on Amazon that cushion and protect the bottle in your bag and can make it easier to put in your bag individually without the cardboard box from the duty free shop. They are reusable zip locks and have baby diaper material inside to absorb the unlikely leak or breakage. We take these on all our trips. Check them out.

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    I have a correction to make. The travel products I use for putting bottle in checked bags are "Jet Bags" and "Wine Diapers" that can be found on Amazon. Not Bottle Diapers. Sorry.

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    I think that the duty free is 2 liters each but we routinely bring back 3 liter each and have never been asked to pay a tax. I always make sure to tell the truth on my customs document though just in case. I think that there is paperwork involved with making you pay a duty so unless you have a whole case of liquor or something the customs agents would PROBABLY rather not hassle with the paperwork for just a bottle or two. When we went through customs in Atlanta last month I could have written that I had a kilo of cocaine on my customs declaration and it wouldn't have mattered. The guy just took my document and literally didn't even look at it!

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    Last time we went, they didn't sell Sangsters rum cream at the airport anymore (that was May 2014). Has anyone seen it since? I'm not as much of a fan of the Wray and Nephew. I agree that it's probably a good idea to just buy it at the resort rather than risk it!

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    Wish we had heard about the bottle diapers or remembered the bubble wrap. Last Nov bought 2 bottles of rum cream. Repacked into checked bags in Atlanta, when we arrived in Cincy found one bottle had broken in transit Upside my bag smells great.

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    Default Uh...that's a real problem for us!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lvmcgill View Post
    Last time we went, they didn't sell Sangsters rum cream at the airport anymore (that was May 2014). Has anyone seen it since? I'm not as much of a fan of the Wray and Nephew. I agree that it's probably a good idea to just buy it at the resort rather than risk it!
    Can anyone else verify this with a more recent experience?? Thanks.

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    We got back at the end of February 2016. They remodeled the duty free shops after you go through security. Sunshine Liquor was no longer there, were we got our Sangsters Rum Cream. The new store had plenty of Sangsters Rum Cream. We got original, banana and coffee rum cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_NH View Post
    We got back at the end of February 2016. They remodeled the duty free shops after you go through security. Sunshine Liquor was no longer there, were we got our Sangsters Rum Cream. The new store had plenty of Sangsters Rum Cream. We got original, banana and coffee rum cream.
    Good to know, John_NH. Sunshine Liquor was closed when we were there as well and the other place (the walk-through one) didn't have Sangsters. We were very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_NH View Post
    We got back at the end of February 2016. They remodeled the duty free shops after you go through security. Sunshine Liquor was no longer there, were we got our Sangsters Rum Cream. The new store had plenty of Sangsters Rum Cream. We got original, banana and coffee rum cream.
    Phew!! Thanks for that info.

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    I have to mention that one of the things I can't wait to do again is make Tres Leches cake using rum cream! It was soooo good! If you're not familiar with the cake, it's a dense spongecake that is saturated in three different kinds of milk (tres leches in Spanish). I used Alton Brown's recipe (you can Google it) and substituted one of the milks with rum cream (can't recall which one but I don't think it would matter much). OMG. You'll thank me later!

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