For many tequila aficionados, there is nothing like planning a trip to Mexico, visiting the town of Tequila, and bringing back a couple of bottles to share with our friends and family. Whether we want to add them to our personal collection, or give them as a gift to a friend, a relative, or a business partner, there are some regulations we need to keep in mind regarding the number of bottles we are bringing into the country. As a rule of thumb, we should know that we can bring up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages when entering to the United States, without it being subject to taxes.
If you were thinking about bringing more liters, there is no need to worry. You just need to pay the corresponding import taxes for each additional liter of alcohol that you bring into the country, as long as you state they are gifts or for your personal consumption. Even when there is no limit to the amount of alcohol you bring into the country for personal consumption, you should always try to make sure you bring a reasonable amount. As a rule of thumb, keep in mind that more than one box of alcohol would not be considered for personal consumption, and you may be required to present an official import license to the Customs officers.
Another aspect that we should always remember when bringing alcohol into the country is that laws and regulations for alcoholic beverages may vary, depending on the state and even the county on which we arrive. Therefore, we should always check Federal and Local taxes that apply at the specific airport of our destination. Also, there are some states that might require us to pay special taxes for each liter that we bring. Again, this might vary depending on the state and county, so doing a little bit of research before our arrival might save us a lot of time and money when declaring our bottles of tequila.
We have some general recommendations to follow that should allow you to bring your bottles of tequila into the country without a problem. To begin with, make sure you carry alcohol in your checked baggage and not in your hand luggage. Paying attention to the alcoholic volume of the bottle is important, too, and should never pass 40°vol. Alcohol, which most tequila reaching up to 38°vol, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Whenever you buy tequila, make sure you do it at an authorized establishment, as the bottle must comply with labeling rules and requirements. Also, make sure you are of legal age, which in the United States starts at 21 years old. Lastly, try to avoid arriving at a Dry County, where alcohol is not allowed by default, and remember that the states of Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee are all entirely dry states, so you wouldn’t be able to bring any amount of alcoholic beverages into their airports.