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    Question Buying duty free liquor at the airport?

    Flying into Montreal from the states, what are the rules with buying duty free liquor at the Montreal Trudeau airport? Im guessing I'd have to look for the duty free store 'before' heading towards customs...

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    before take-off

    usually you got to duty free before you take off you can ask the rules to the duty free shop

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    Im asking about if its possible to buy duty free liquor at the montreal airport upon landing from the states...to drink while im in montreal.

    I know when flying into germany, the airline is allowed to sell bottles of liquor since they are in flying over international waters.

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    no

    No you have to buy it before the departure once you landed in Montreal you do not have access to the duty free. you have to check if your airline have duty free sale in the plane while flying. not all of them offer it

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    You need to buy Duty Free in the country from which you are departing so you would have to buy at the duty free shop in the States.

    When you buy Duty Free at the airport, you don't even take possession of the items until you are at the Gate (seconds before boarding the plane). Someone from the DF shop brings them to the Gate and hands it to you after they take your boarding pass.

    If it weren't that way, everyone would be buying their booze at the airport.

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    You can only buy at the duty free upon leaving the country on an international flight. You must show your boarding pass when you make your purchase.
    You cannot arrive in Montreal and buy at the Montreal dutyfree.

    Is there something special that you want, that you need to work this in a backwards impossible way?

    However on many international flights you can buy duty free on the aircraft. I have never seen this on USA-Canada flights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mercury View Post
    Is there something special that you want,
    Yes, he wants cheap booze, the price of which has not been influenced by the Canadian taxing authorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Yes, he wants cheap booze, the price of which has not been influenced by the Canadian taxing authorities.
    Please enlighten me how he will accomplish this doing the impossible.

    He`s been told to pick it up at the duty free in his country of departure.
    Do think the price in some American airport DF is influenced by Canadian taxing policies?

    By the way. Have you ever seen a duty free on a Canada-USA flight? I have not and I told him so. (he asked about that too)
    Last edited by Mike Mercury; 08-26-2009 at 07:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mercury View Post
    Please enlighten me how he will accomplish this doing the impossible.
    I don't know about doing the impossible but I know Breadman and he takes great pride in analyzing, developing, and implementing thrift strategies in various sectors of the tourist economy. Rest assured that if there is any possible way to purchase cheap and duty free booze, Breadman will have analyzed it, considered it and, if feasible, implemented it. They don't call him the Baron of Thrift for nothing.

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    How much can you save? Can I havesome examples of booze and other items that can be bought duty free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTA refugee View Post
    How much can you save? Can I havesome examples of booze and other items that can be bought duty free?
    There are duty free shops at the border going back to the USA by car. I have purchased duty free ice wine and other liquors many times, as well as maple syrup and gifts. The duty free shops are heavily stocked with liquor but many other items as well.

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    Between your arrival gate from the US and Canada Customs, there is ... NOTHING!

    Ok, there is a bathroom. It's a frickin' long walk, with at least 2 flights of stairs/escalators. Though there is some talk about fixing this in the future.

    So if your purpose is to drink in Montreal, without bringing in booze from the States, then the solution is

    ...

    SAQ.

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    I never tried to buy something from the duty free at Dorval before passing through customs - in fact I do not know where those stores are located on arrival (didn't notice them). However, on my other travels I have bought duty free at the destination right before going through customs. The last time was in Reykjavik during the height of the financial bubble. Booze was very expensive at the time in Iceland ($10 for a beer, didn't matter where we were). I declared the alcohol at customs, and since it was below the maximum allowable I did not pay any tax or duty for it.
    Last edited by rollingstone; 08-26-2009 at 08:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTA refugee View Post
    How much can you save? Can I havesome examples of booze and other items that can be bought duty free?
    How much can you save? Last year I stopped off at the duty free store and bought a nice bottle of red wine duty free. I saved some money I thought. A week later I was grocery shopping at the local Walmart and found the same bottle about half price. Now I am no wine connoisseur but this was a little embaressing.

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    As has been stated, you can't purchase duty free upon arrival. You can buy from an airport in the US that has international flights. However...if you have a connecting flight, be careful. If you buy at your point of departure and you have to change terminals at the mid point, you may not be able to bring the booze through security at your connecting airport.

    Remember....3-1-1

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