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54What-to-doVISITORSINFORMATIONIfyouneedassistance,calltheMinistryofTourismat352-8044/5.ATMSVisitorstoGrandBahamacanwithdrawcashfromtheiraccounts24hrsaday.ATMsoperatedbytheRBCRoyalBank(Bah)Ltd,Scotiabank(Bah)Ltd,andCIBCFirstCaribbeanInternational(Bah)provideround-the-clockconvenientbanking.ScotiabankATMsatGrandLucayanresortprovidebothUSandBahamiancurrency.ATMsdispensingBahamiancurrencyarealsolocatedatthemainScotiabankbranchinRegentCentre.RBCRoyalBankATMsarelocatedatthebranchatEastMallandExplorersWay,theFOCOLservicestationatEastSunriseHwyandEastAtlanticDrandatPortLucayaMarketplace.FundsaredispensedinBahamiandollars.ATMsofCIBCFirstCaribbeanInternationalBankdispenseBahamiandollarsandarelocatedatthePioneer'sWayCIBCFirstCaribbeanbranch,theBoulevardServiceStationatSommervilleDr,EastSunriseHwy,theFirstFinancialCentreonEastMallDr,andMunicipalMotorsatEastSunriseHwyandCoralRd.BAHAMASCUSTOMSVisitorsmaybringincertainitemsfreeofcustomsandstampduty.Theyincludeapparel,toiletriesandsimilarpersonaleffects;oneqtofalcoholicbeverage;oneqtofwine;onelbinweightoftobaccoor200cigarettesor50cigars(adultsonly);andanyotherarticlesorgiftsuptothevalueof$100.USCUSTOMSEachUSresident(includingaminor)maytakehomeduty-freepurchasesuptoUS$800inretailvalueifheorshehasbeenoutsidetheUSmorethan48hrsandhasnottakentheexemptionin30days.Theexemptionmayincludeuptotwolitres(67.6oz)ofliquorperperson21orolder,providedonelitreismanufacturedinTheBahamasoranotherCBI(CaribbeanBasinInitiative)country;200cigarettes;and100cigars(Cubancigarsnotallowed)perperson18orolder.Asinglehouseholdfamilytravellingtogethermaypoolexemptions,ie,afamilyoffourmaytakehomeUS$3,200worthofgoods.ArticlesuptoUS$1,000valueaccompanyingthetraveller,inexcessoftheUS$800duty-freeallowance,areassessedataflatrateof3%.Youmaynotapplytheflatratemorethanonceevery30days.IfthereturningUSresidentisnotentitledtotheUS$800dutyexemptionduetothe30-dayor48-hrminimumlimitations,heorshemaystillimport,dutyfree,US$200worthofpersonalorhouseholditems.Thisexemptionmaynotbepooledandwillnotbeassessedatthe3%flatrate.ArticlespurchasedinUSduty-freeshopsandbroughtbackintotheUSmaynotbeincludedinyourexemption.Oneperson,ononeday,mayreceiveashipmentofgoodspurchasedinTheBahamasandsenttoanaddressintheUSsolongasthevaluedoesnotexceedUS$200.TheshipmentwillbepassedfreeofdutybyUSCustoms&BorderProtection(CBP)unlessthereisreasontobelievetheshipmentisoneofseverallotsofasingleorder.Supportingdocumentsarerequired.AnynumberofgiftsmaybesentintotheUSfreeofUSdutyandtax,providedtherecipientdoesnotreceiveinonedaygiftsexceedingUS$100invalue.Giftsmaynotcontaintobaccoorliquor.NoperfumeisfreeofUSduty/taxifvaluedatmorethanUS$5.Retailvalue,"unsolicitedgift"and"consolidatedgiftpackage,"therecipient'snameandnatureandvalueofgiftsinsidemustbewrittenonthepackage.Information

What-to-do55Shopsandcommercialfirmsmaywrapandmailduty-freegiftsforcustomerswhopayforthempersonallyinTheBahamas.ANTIQUES,TRADEMARKS,FOOD,USMONEYAntiquesareadmittedtotheUSdutyfreeprovidedtheyaremorethan100yearsold.TheBahamasstoresellinganantiqueshouldprovidethebuyerwithaformindicatingthevalueandageoftheobject.ThebuyermustpresentthisformtoCBP.Importationoffruit,plants,meat,poultryanddairyproductsisgenerallyprohibited.Thereare,however,exceptions.ContactCBP,GrandBahamaInternationalAirport,tel352-9225.Morethan$10,000inUSorforeigncoin,currency,traveller'scheques,moneyordersandnegotiableinstrumentsorinvestmentsecuritiesinbearerformmustbereportedtoaCBPofficer.Itisnotillegaltotransport,orcausetobetransported,anyamountintooroutoftheUS,butmorethan$10,000mustbereported.AskaCBPofficerfortheCurrencyReportingForm(FinCen105).CertainitemscarryingatrademarkortradenamemaybebroughtintotheUSinspecifiedamountsonlyornotatall.ImportationofBahamiantortoiseorturtleshellgoodsisprohibited.ManymedicinessoldoverthecounterinTheBahamasarenotallowedentry.ForacopyofKnowBeforeYouGo,contactCBP,GrandBahamaInternationalAirport,tel352-9225,orUSCustoms,1300PennsylvaniaAveNW,Washington,DC20229orvisitwww.cbp.gov.CANADACUSTOMSACanadianmaytakeadvantageofoneofthreecategoriesofduty-freeexemptions.AfterbeingoutofCanadafor24hrs,heorshemaymakeaverbaldeclarationtoclaimaCDN$50duty-freeallowance(nottoincludealcoholandtobacco)anynumberoftimesperyear.Afterbeingoutofthecountryfor48hrsanynumberoftimesperyear,awrittendeclarationmustbemade;heorshemayclaimaCDN$400allowancewhichcouldincludeupto200cigarettes,50cigars,sevenozofmanufacturedtobaccoand200tobaccosticks.Allowancesforalcoholincludeoneofthefollowing:1.5litresofwine,1.14litres(40oz)ofalcoholicbeverages,orupto8.5litresofbeerorale.AnyonewhohasbeenoutofCanadasevendaysormore,anynumberoftimesperyear,maymakeawrittendeclarationandclaimtheCDN$750exemption,includingtheamountsofalcoholandtobaccoindicatedfortheCDN$400allowance.Ingeneral,thegoodsbroughtinunderpersonalexemptionmustbeforpersonalorhouseholduse,assouvenirsofthetriporasgiftsforfriendsorrelatives.Goodsbroughtinforcommercialuse,oronbehalfofanotherperson,donotqualifyandwillbesubjecttofullduties.Goodsdeclaredinachild'snamemustbeforhisorheruseonly.Fortheimportationoftobacco,theclaimantmustbe18yearsofageorolder.Inthecaseofliquor,wineorbeer,thepersonmusthaveattainedtheageprescribedbytheprovincialorterritorialauthorityatthepointofentry.GoodsacquiredinTheBahamasorelsewhereoutsidecontinentalNorthAmericamaybeshippedormailedseparatelyifdeclaredatthefirstportofentry.GiftsmailedtoCanadaaredutyfreetotherecipientprovidedtheyarevaluedunderCDN$60anddonotcontainanyalcoholicbeverages,tobaccoproductsoradvertisingmatter.Formoreinformationvisitwww.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.UKCUSTOMSUKresidentsmaytakebackfromTheBahamas,freeofdutyandtax,200cigarettesor100cigarillosor50cigarsor250goftobacco.Alcoholallowancespermiteither,butnotboth,ofthefollowing:onelitreofspiritsorstrongliqueursover22%