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What did you try and get away with?!!

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1. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Hi all -

Just recently bought a very cool instrument in Morocco (for my musician dad) - carted it through Spain, Portugal, England, Singapore and finally got it to Australia, where it was promptly imprisoned by quarantine! (It had to go through gamma-ray treatment, but came out prefectly fine. Hurray!)

Just curious to know what things people have attempted to bring home and whether or not they got away with it?!!


2. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

I had no problem getting it into the country but this story reminds me of something.

My Grandad is a builder who lives in Spain. Hes outside in the intense heat a lot. So when i was in Thailand i bought him one of them Thai straw hats.The ones which dont go diectly on ure head so ure head doesnt sweat. If u look at my profile pictures, I am actually wearing it on the elephant.
Anyway, having just a backpack u can imagine what a pain in the arse it was carrying it all trough SE asia, as it wasnt packable. So from place to place , i either wore it or just carried it. It was soo big.

Other than that i only had problems trying to get myself into Australia........they pulled me over at immigration into a little room for questioning...................but we wont go into that!

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Emmelina:)

I once brought home some bootleg music casettes, from Thailand.
Nobody checked my bags, at any airport, so I still have the casettes.


4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Hello Emmelina:)

I once brought home some bootleg music casettes, from Thailand.
Nobody checked my bags, at any airport, so I still have the casettes.


You rebel you

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I just packed 7 bottles of wine on the way back from Marseille (Canada customs limits us to two 750ml bottles). Bloody heavy suitcase! I was actually a little nervous at customs, wondering if the guy's x-ray vision could see right through me and expose me as a bootlegger... But I managed to drag everything home perfectly fine. My sister and I had to perform gymnastic feats to put the thing into the trunk of her car, though.

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

When I was in Brazil, I had an unfortunate accident with my backpack so on my return journey I made up my luggage weight with more than the allowance for wine from Argentina and a box of havaiana flip flops to sell in the UK (cost £2 GBP in Brazil £20 GBP inthe stores in England, you do the maths!) got pulled over in customs bu they never looked through my stuff!

although in my mod capacity of course I dont condone flouting the rules (well except bending them for a couple of bottles of wine ;) )


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 23, 2007, at 1:51 AM by mim ]

7. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

Well...I have sneeked on some Scotch on a cruise liner, (Cruise liners really hate when you do that...they like that "captive consumer"), but...of course for some reason, it was all gone by the time we arrived at our foreign destination.

And,... I did bring back some home-made wine and paprika from Hungary into San Diego. (California can be really strict about that kind of thing!)

But the best was my brother who brought back fireworks from Ireland to the UK, went through security, (It wasn't caught...), then realized what he accidently did and told an airport security guard. The guard's response was..., "Well....if it already made it through security it should be alright." (Of course, this was pre- 9/11...but still....!) Then he arrived back home in Arizona where fireworks are outlawed anyway! Customs never caught up with him.

8. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

Gosh I guess i will have the police on my door next after this post.

I brought back to the Uk 22 cartons of cigarettes from south africa.
I brought fresh biltong about 3kg to australia, and some wood carving.

Never had any trouble at all, lucky me.

9. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

i managed a few things, no biggie. but this story isn't mine.

my parents, so back in the early 80s, i believe, would go from serbia to italy (italy or germany? italy, i think), to go buy jeans. every once in a while there's a trend, and certain items wre cheaper in other countries. so every once in a while, a bunch of them would go and buy all these things, and keep them, sell them, whatever. anyway. they bought a crapload of clothes, but they couldn't show them to customs or they would get they wore most of them. my mom said that she wore about 7 pairs of jeans (i think that's the right number, either 7 or i'll say 7) and about 5 sweaters (and such). she said they were so tight, she couldn't bend her knees in the car. customs let them go right through and they got away with it all. the weirdest part is that it was in the summer time. must have been hot..

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I tried unsuccessfully to bring multiple bags of lovely cocoa leaves across the border from Bolivia into Chile. They also took my apple off me.