Originally Posted by murmel
You just have to claim the number of suitcases as your luggage(whether it be 2 or 7). But if you have someone else taking a bag for you-they claim that bag on their custom form.
Don't claim shipping/handling or taxes -just the actual cost of the items.
As for the sand ceremony...I think I can shed some light on why customs stopped shan. Sand from a beach, is technically illegal to bring into the US or Canada(from anywhere in the world). It falls under the same category as fresh fruits/veggies...odd I know, but they are worried about local bacteria/diseases being transferred. So should you do the sand ceremony, they want to know it's sand that has been purchased, and hence cleaned commercially. As well, to keep the sand from shifting, consider taking a sponge along. You stuff it into the top of the vase to keep the sand tight.
Thank you so much murmel. You are putting me at ease. One more question as far as the receipts. I am putting together a summary sheet (excel) listing the contents of each suitcase along with the correlating receipts. How specific do I need to be? I was going to list each line item as follows & then put a total $ at the bottom of the listed items: Is this good enough? Thanks!
The item Unit cost # of items packed total unit cost
Mugs $2.99 67 $200.33