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Old 06-04-2015, 12:31 AM   #41
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Yes, I was detained for about 45 minutes when I crossed into Canada at Sumas on May 13 to pick up my 21. They said it was because I had not been in Canada for a long time so they needed to do some extra checking. They searched me for weapons and took my vehicle keys. I couldn't see my truck and saw no evidence that they searched it. They didn't ask if I had any firearms with me, but instead asked how many firearms I had with me and where were they. I got repeated questions about how much the new trailer cost. I had overpaid because the dollar got stronger while my check was in the mail and wasn't sure how much of a refund I was going to get so I couldn't give them an exact amount. That seemed to bother them. Getting back into the US took less than a minute. Eric
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:04 AM   #42
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I've always thought the whole "border hassle" issue was way overblown, having had absolutely no issues crossing quickly. Then again, my opinion might be different if I'd encountered what some here are describing. Maybe I just 'look harmless'?
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:41 AM   #43
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Was the OP traveling with a US Passport card or an actual Passport. I understand that dealing with issues of identity such as they described are less likely if one is traveling with an actual Passport. Also the more frequently you cross the boarder the less likely it will happen again. If its the first time for example that you have used the card or passport and they ask questions to verify you are not the party they are looking for they put little notes into their computer system so you don't get asked again.

I do know several people who have over the years had similar issues when crossing borders - most since 9/11 and not just the US/Canada, as their name and birthday match someone on an internationally shared terrorist list or has an international warrant out for their arrest. More than one has missed a flight over it.

Personally cross the border multiple times a year and sometimes I am asked very few questions and neither the back of the vehicle or trailer are opened, other times I am asked lots of questions and sometimes the back or the vehicle with be opened at the booth for a quick look or they will walk up to the trailer and look in the windows. Happens going in both directions.

Sometimes the questions asked make little sense. I always answer them as clearly as possible. Any time you give vague answers you can be sure you will get more questions. Also avoid giving to much info as that can open the door to lots of new questions as well.

Have come to the conclusion that how well the crossing goes depends on how good or bad a day the border guard is having. Can often tell by their face & opening comments. An example of that was on my last crossing into the US. The border guard while taking my passport from my hand asked "Where is it that you think I should allow you to go today". Know right there and then that this was not going to be a fast crossing. Lots of questions and sure enough he wanted to look in the back of the vehicle and asked for the trailer keys and went into it - that was actually the first time in about 25 crossings that any of them have gone into the trailer.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:04 AM   #44
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We crossed into the States at Port Angles on Easter Sunday. At US Customs, we gave the Border Agent our passports and he then asked where we were headed. I said, Rodeo, NM. He paused, looked back and then asked me if I was pulling a horse trailer.

Oh boy... I was speechless... The last thing I wanted to do was make him look stupid. We were not going to a rodeo in NM... but how to break it to him diplomatically? Thinking feverishly, I then explained to him what a unique trailer we were pulling... two fiberglass halves glued together... what... if one didn't cut holes in it, it would float... or could use it as a water tank! As he then looked at me with a puzzled look on his face, he asked about veggies, fruits & eggs... Thanks goodness, no more horsies or rodeos... But then my wife said yes, we only have a dozen eggs. Whoops, not good... then came the dreaded words... "pull over there"!

Now I'm carrying a 12" telescope behind the driver's seat that looks like a cannon, going through the same border crossing that a terrorist used a few years back on the way to LA and this guy thinks I'm going to a rodeo in NM

Now the good news... After pulling over to the side, a new agent, after chatting with the first one comes over and asked about the eggs and wants to see them. My wife gets out, opens the trailer, takes out the eggs and the agent asks her if they are hard boiled. She says no, so he says... I'll have to confiscate them. My wife says... I checked on the US Customs website and there is no mention of bringing eggs into the US. His reply... you folks are not allowing US eggs into Canada, so we now not going to allow your eggs into the US.

Now, I'm overhearing their conversation and I'm thinking... has my wife gone mad Give him the damn eggs before he checks the back seat and finds the "cannon"... I'm envisioning twenty years to life in Leavenworth... and she's worried about a dozen eggs...

Well cooler heads prevail and my wife begrudgingly forfeits the eggs... All is good and we can go

As we pull away she is still "pissed" and says to me... I was going to tell him "How dare he take my eggs away from me on Easter Sunday... The Easter Bunny brought them to me"

Leavenworth Baby... Leavenworth... Don't fool with, or try to figure out Customs on either side of the border

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Old 06-04-2015, 08:14 AM   #45
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Hi: Stargeezer... To bad you got to the border on "Egg Sunday". We have been there on "Red pepper day" as well as "Garlic day". Doesn't matter the garlic was roasted or the red pepper was washed and bagged. I was threatened with a $300. fine but not prison!!! Alf
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Hi: Stargeezer... To bad you got to the border on "Egg Sunday". We have been there on "Red pepper day" as well as "Garlic day". Doesn't matter the garlic was roasted or the red pepper was washed and bagged. I was threatened with a $300. fine but not prison!!! Alf
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That's good Alf, we don't want you here in Leavenworth anyway. How are your woodworking or metal work skills? Beth went to the "prisoner store" the other day, some great metal and wood pieces, like an oak rocking chair for $90. All you are paying for is the materials. Seems when Claire comes with her truck to visit in July she will have some "goodies" from that store for us. Just hope she gets through Canadian customs OK!

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Still wishin' there was a "like" button for these posts!

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I meant like on Facebook, where I just hit the "Like" right on your post and not have to do the quote/repost thing. In other words: the lazy way.


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