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bringing in alcoholic beverages

June 29, 2016 11:38AM

We are visiting a friend in St. Croix and want to bring him some liquors that he apparently cannot get on the island.

Are there any restrictions? Are there any limits on number of bottles?

(Both we and our friend are both over 21.)

Thank you.




Re: bringing in alcoholic beverages

June 29, 2016 03:56PM

Best thing to do would be to contact the airlines or U.S. Customs/TSA.
Hand carry if you're allowed or they won't arrive unbroken.
Good luck.

STT Resident



Re: bringing in alcoholic beverages

June 29, 2016 04:16PM

There is no customs check coming into the USVI from the US mainland, only going out. Only airline restrictions will apply so check with them.




Re: bringing in alcoholic beverages

June 30, 2016 06:16PM

I went thru a TSA baggage check coming back to STT from FL.
Contact airlines, etc., as previously noted.

Check this link and see if it helps.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2016 06:21PM by Alana33.






Re: bringing in alcoholic beverages

July 13, 2016 09:08PM

Hello capmedia,

I've brought alcohol back to the US/USVI from travels aboard over the years. Usually just one bottle at a time. Transported in checked baggage because purchase was not made within airport, and because of bans on liquid in carry-on. Very very well wrapped in towels and plastic and more towels and plastic bags. Over wrapped but always have arrived in one piece.

As for your question...

Just visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's website page on Bringing Alcohol. See that page at [].

The following would seem to apply since St. Croix is U.S....

"There is no federal limit on the amount of alcohol a traveler may import into the U.S. for personal use, however, large quantities might raise the suspicion that the importation is for commercial purposes, and a CBP officer could require the importer to obtain an Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) import license (which is required for all commercial importations) before releasing it. A general rule of thumb is that 1 case of alcohol is a personal use quantity - although travelers are still subject to state restrictions which may allow less." Source

Whether the VI has an equivalent of a "state restriction"... not sure. And the website for "Alcohol Beverage Authorities in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico" doesn't list any local agency for the USVI that I saw.

And then this part as far as the duty-free consideration...

"Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into the U.S. duty-free by travelers who are 21 or older, although travelers coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands or other Caribbean countries are entitled to more. Additional quantities may be entered, although they will be subject to duty and Federal excise taxes, which will be assessed and collected at the port of entry." Source CBH. gov

Thanks for using to help with your travel plans to St. Croix.

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