After passing through the immigration area,
you will collect your baggage and then, with your baggage,
pass through customs. A customs inspector will ask you to
declare what you have brought into the country, inspect your
bags, and review the customs form you filled out on the airplane.
Penalties for concealing declarable items can be very severe,
so be honest and make a full declaration.
Items for your personal use may be brought into the United
States without paying duty. As a nonresident, you are also
allowed to bring in gifts with a total value up to $100 duty
free. If the total value of such items exceeds $100, you will
need to pay duty.
You must declare the amount of money you have with you, but
you do not have to pay duty on it. Money in any amount may
be brought into and taken out of the United States, but anyone
bringing more than $10,000 into the country must file a report
with the customs official.
Certain articles are forbidden or restricted. These include
plants, fruits, meats, vegetables, clothing made from the
skins of endangered animals, ivory, lottery tickets, obscene
articles or publications, and switchblade knives. Drugs without
a doctor's prescription or narcotics, such as barbiturates,
amphetamines, and marijuana, are strictly prohibited.
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