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we had more than our share of rum and didn’t get checked, we never have our luggage checked in Miami.
ralphy57 – You were lucky. I go through customs in Miami about 10 times a year and they send me through the inspection line at least 2 out of those 10 times. All it takes is the plane’s manifest count to be off or any number of things that will cause all the passengers to have to go through the inspection line. When you do, they will go through everything you have and if you get caught with “more than your share” of anything, you will be detained and fined. It’s not worth the risk to save a few dollars on a few bottles of rum, or anything else for that matter. Always try to stay within customs allowances and declare anything in excess.
It’s worth noting that you can bring back an
One change will put more money in your pocket and give you more to spend. The $600 exemption that applied to travelers returning directly from any one of the 30 Caribbean Basin or Andean countries has been eliminated?the $800 exemption now applies to all countries except U.S. insular possession (U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or Guam).
You might also find these links helpful
It’s a pretty extensive document and lets you know what you can and can not bring back into the US.
I don’t see the Cayman Islands specifically mentioned on either list. I am guessing this is an oversight since we are in the same Caribbean as all the other islands.
Last time I checked it was $400. I need to update the magazine as well. Good find!
I knew you would find a more direct and clearer version, I muddled along reading the “official one” and thought that by the time someone got through it they would give up trying to bring anything back which would be a shame because some rum cake is always nice to take back with you!
Thanks for finding the clearer version! Now I know what to tell my family when they come visit!
I’m sure you can bring in your frozen casseroles. I was searching around the forum for the most complete information that I remember reading in regards to what you can or cannot bring into the Caymans, only to discover that it is all in this very thread
Anyway, in one of the posts in this thread, Blaze gives some great advice and insight about what you can or cannot bring into Cayman, and what you need as far as original packaging and labels and receipts, etc., That would be for uncooked beef, of course. I can’t see that there would be any problem bringing in your casseroles…
The following information is from the Cayman Islands Department of tourism-hope it answers your question
Question: Can we bring meat in to the Cayman Islands?
Answer: Yes you can, though you may be charged duty if the amount is more than US$35, or if the quantity exceeds what H.M. Customs considers a reasonable amount for your personal consumption while in Cayman.
Meat and other cold cuts coming out of the US must have the USDA stamp of approval, preferably stored in the original supermarket packaging and it has to be inspected by a representative of the Department of Agriculture who is usually found in the Customs area of the Airport terminal.
Question: What about groceries?
Answer: You are allowed to bring groceries into the Islands. However, we have very well stocked supermarkets, a local farmers’ market in Grand Cayman and numerous mini marts and Gas station service marts where you can purchase groceries
At the airport the customs lady said I had to place a value on the items – hard to think about that when you are just wanting to hit the water! So I ended up paying duty – a lady on our flight said she has been going there for years and never had that happen to her ( proves you just never know)
Other than that we had a wonderful time.
Have fun!!! We really enjoyed Rum Point – it had something for everyone.
We were there in late-March, 2007 and passed through, no questions asked (that I recall or paid for) with a large cooler of non-perishables. I had receipts for everything, ready for inspection.
The groceries are more expensive, but we didn’t suffer from sticker shock. The stores are well-stocked, accessible, and were a nice convenience for us.
We’ll do it exactly the same the next time — which I wish was yesterday.