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Video:Canadian Products That Can Cross the U.S. Border

with Blaine Pennington

Make sure you know what Canadian products can and can't cross the U.S. border, so that you don't run into trouble with customs officials at the border. Here are tips on what Canadian products can cross the U.S. border.See Transcript

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Transcript:Canadian Products That Can Cross the U.S. Border

Hi there, I'm Blaine Pennington for About.com. Traveling to Canada can be an exciting adventure, but there are a few things you should know about before you cross the border. Some items you are packing may or may not be allowed to cross the border. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before you head north.

Make Sure Pet Documents Are in Order When You Cross the U.S. Border

If you are choosing to travel with your pet, there is specific paperwork that you will need to show the border officer when crossing. Make sure you pack a list of all up to date vaccinations that your dog or cat has received. The most important one is the rabies vaccination certificate. This must have been issued within the last 36 months; it will need to be signed by your veterinarian and include your dog or cats description of breed and physical appearance. Another thing to know is that certain dog foods are strictly prohibited from entering Canada. This includes dog food containing bovine meat by products.

Which Canadian Foods Are Allowed to Cross the U.S. Border

If you are traveling with food it is important to know what food is allowed to cross the border. In fact a lot of food it allowed to enter Canada, but it must be declared at the border and is subject to inspection. Most pre-packaged, dried or processed foods are allowed in. Also each member of your party is allowed 11 pounds of beef; this is great if you have been hunting.

Eggs can be brought in but only in small quantities. When it comes to potatoes, it is important to know that only processed or canned potatoes are allowed in. These regulations are constantly changing so it is important to check with Canadian customs before traveling.

Policies Regarding Carrying Alcohol and Tobacco Across the U.S. Border

Alcohol and tobacco are allowed to cross the border but just like in the states it will only be allowed if you are of the proper age. When it comes to alcohol you are allowed up to 1.5 liters of wine, 40 oz. of liquor, and up to 24 12-oz. cans or bottles of beer. Again, in order to bring this over the border you must be of the legal drinking age. Tobacco products may also be brought over but you are limited to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars.

Canadian Products That Cannot Cross the U.S. Border

Some things are strictly prohibited from crossing the border. Although most foods are allowed there are some foods that are prohibited. Avoid unprocessed foods such as fruits or vegetables -- countries are always cautious with these types of foods because they can easily carry parasites. This makes these items strictly prohibited.

Personal safety devices such as handguns, stun guns, and mace and pepper spray are all prohibited. There are some things that may seem like they would not be prohibited but they are. For example, firewood, radar detectors and fully automatic firearms are all strictly prohibited. You can find out all this information and more by visiting canadawelcomesyou.net. It has all the information you will need when traveling to Canada.

Well there you have it. For more travel information and tips, check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.

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