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Caught with undeclared goods/food/fruit. Will Global Entry/NEXUS be revoked?

Old Dec 25, 2013, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Dubai Stu
Let me probe something written above. Bottled water is a problem? That one is news to me.
I was not saying that bottled water is a CBP issue, just that it is easy to forget that you have one in your carry-on, which would only be an issue if you have to pass through security later.
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Old Dec 25, 2013, 6:52 pm
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Recently a colleague left a banana in his bag and one of the cute beagles found it and according to my colleague the Agent was not even the least bit concerned.

She asked him where he got it and he said the airline lounge in Amsterdam (iirc) and she said happens all the time, no worries, she asked him if he wanted to eat said banana before leaving customs or did he want her to throw it away.

He apparently apologized profusely as he said I am Global Entry and I do not want to loose it, she said again no biggie you were not trying to violate any laws and more over it is a banana, relax. He then said something like, if I could eat it, that would be great and she said something like, no problem, just be sure to finish it before exiting or throw away any uneaten parts.

I guess it all depends on the Customs employee and how cool or uncool they are with these kinds of things.

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Old Dec 26, 2013, 6:03 am
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Originally Posted by CKDGM
At SEA (and probably elsewhere as well), they have you put your checked bags on a belt after customs even if you're ending your trip at SEA. They're then transferred to the landside baggage claim.
As a bit of explanation for others, that is because international flights come in at a satellite terminal and we take a train to the main terminal. I guess the main reason is to save space on the train - if everybody brought their checked bags on the train there wouldn't be room for anything else. But I guess another reason is that when the train gets to the main terminal we are still airside (if I remember right) and what's to keep somebody from taking a cupcake or a bottle of hand lotion out of his checked bag and transferring it to a confederate getting on a plane???????
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Old Dec 26, 2013, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel
Or the case of US oranges taken into Canada and brought back to the US without being declared. Nexus and GE revoked for such situations too.

It really comes down to what paperwork gets entered where.
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Old Dec 26, 2013, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by essxjay
Yes, in some airports due to space considerations. This is why if you're carrying duty free goods to or through the U.S. that happen to be fluids you should be extremely mindful of the post-CBP setup at the PoE.
Someone should create a list of all the US airports where this happens. It'd be a useful list and it's probably a pretty short list relative to all the US airports with full-time CBP staff screening commercially scheduled flight passengers and their checked luggage. On the East Coast, in the South and in the Midwest, I can only recall ending up personally in this kind of set-up at ATL.
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Old Dec 26, 2013, 10:42 am
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Oh Canada

I got caught arriving at YVR with two packets of sugar in my pocket I had saved from the coffee service during the flight. I got a scolding but the agent waived the fine so I got off with a warning.
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by CKDGM
At SEA (and probably elsewhere as well), they have you put your checked bags on a belt after customs even if you're ending your trip at SEA. They're then transferred to the landside baggage claim.
Yes, SEA is my home airport. But you don't go though security to exit after customs, you just put your checked bags back into the baggage system.

The situation I was referring to as pointed out was having to take carry-ons through a checkpoint to exit the airport after landing. And my question is how checked bags are handled at such airports.
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 1:46 pm
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I'm freaking out reading this. I always have food with me (snacks & sugar packets . . . not fruit, though) I'm about to use my ge for the first time next month and will return from hkg to ewr. I only do carry on - is this extreme behavior reserved for checked bags, for travel to Canada ????? What about coffee packets and tea bags?
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by TravellingSalesman
I'm confused - you arrive by aeroplane and have to clear security in order to leave the airport upon arrival?
Yes, some airports have that setup, i.e. you have to pass through the 'sterile' part of the airport to get to the exit, so they attempt to make you go through normal security screening.

Originally Posted by dgwright99
The situation I was referring to as pointed out was having to take carry-ons through a checkpoint to exit the airport after landing. And my question is how checked bags are handled at such airports.
There are some reports that liquids have been confiscated. But you can always refuse the screening, just say, "I choose not to go through the screening. I don't want to fly today." Eventually someone will escort you to the exit of the airport. They can't force you to go through screening if you don't have any onward flights. Stand your ground and eventually you will get to a supervisor or 'suit' who realizes that.
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Orion
I got caught arriving at YVR with two packets of sugar in my pocket I had saved from the coffee service during the flight. I got a scolding but the agent waived the fine so I got off with a warning.
A sugar packet?? I have driven (granted, not flown) into Canada many times and the only things they asked about are fresh fruit, veg and meats. I've never seen that on any official list of restricted items.

Hm, well one site does state: "Travellers and commercial importers are required to properly declare any meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, animals or animal products they bring into the country. This includes end user products made from plant or animal matter." (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/help-aide/faq1-eng.html#_s4)

What about containers and utensils made of corn based plastic?
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by alapah
A sugar packet?? I have driven (granted, not flown) into Canada many times and the only things they asked about are fresh fruit, veg and meats. I've never seen that on any official list of restricted items.
It doesn't matter what the agents do/don't ask....if the form says the word "food," then you are required to declare ANYTHING that goes in your mouth and you consume. Sugar packets, tea, condiments, etc.--all of those things count as food. Even though they usually are permitted entry, they MUST be declared.
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 8:22 pm
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OP should not rely on anecdotal stories of what happened to someone else. The answer is that CBP may revoke his GE for any reason and may do it here. The facts have already happened so there is nothing for OP to do, but hope that GE isn't revoked. He isn't going to get a letter telling him that GE wasn't revoked.
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Old Feb 9, 2014, 5:18 am
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Also Kinder Suprises can give you some nice suprsies when entering the US

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07...llegal-in-u-s/
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Old Feb 9, 2014, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by fdflys
I'm freaking out reading this.
Why? Just declare the food.

The worst that happens to you if you declare it and the agent doesn't consider it food is that you get yelled at.

One of the worst things that can happen to you if you do NOT declare it and it's found is that you pay a large fine.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 3:20 am
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Originally Posted by alapah
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Originally Posted by Orion


I got caught arriving at YVR with two packets of sugar in my pocket I had saved from the coffee service during the flight. I got a scolding but the agent waived the fine so I got off with a warning.




A sugar packet?? I have driven (granted, not flown) into Canada many times and the only things they asked about are fresh fruit, veg and meats. I've never seen that on any official list of restricted items.
I was wondering about that too. The form into Canada does not say "food", does lost a few things, some of which are above but there are a few others too - seeds and/or nuts, I think, definitely dairy products. But nothing that I would ever think that includes sugar.
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