Zee, I stepped into your country yesterday and I mean just two steps and return.
Now for common life in the Border Lands. I still smoke (bad, I know), so it was time to check out the duty free store on the US side of the border.....
Not quite as simple as you would think. You purchase
your goods and pay for them and if it is a bunch of heavy bottled spirits, this guy in the golf cart will transport your goods the 200' to the border, you then walk across the border with your packages and return via the returning to US sidewalk and customs
They check your picture ID and remind you that in the near future you will need either a passport book or card, but they don't know when. Here is where it loses some appeal, I knew ahead of time from other travel that I can only bring 200 cigarettes (one carton) into the US duty free. What I didn't know was you can only do this once a month and they keep records. For those that don't smoke, a carton bought in the US is $40 for some generic brand, but at this duty free it was $8. Should I bring another $8 carton in before 30 days I'll have to pay at customs
$11 in taxes
. Still 1/2 price
, but paying $11 in taxes
on a $8 purchase
is a bit odd.
Had some thunderstorms pass through today but almost no rain hit the ground at the airpark.