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February 11th, 2013, 08:08 PM
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So I live in Canada, right on the USA border. We go to the states for groceries among other things.

In genera, when the dollar is on par, products are still about 20% cheaper down there. That includes lots of baby items, however MOST things are actually prohibited or regulated, so in some cases, without a bilingual label, it can't be brought up here.

In searching for some of these guidelines I found this list. and thought any other Canadian Mama's may want to take a peek, and USA/abroad mamas may be amused by it.

Bringing Consumer Products into Canada [Health Canada, 2012]

Also in my quest for information I learned another little tid bit.

We are Prohibited from bringing Kinder Surprise across into the US.... so no baby walkers for Canadian babies, and no kinder surprise for the Yanks..... What a world!
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February 11th, 2013, 08:42 PM
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this is all so confusing. i've never been stopped at customs for the type of chocolate i have in my purse!
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February 11th, 2013, 09:06 PM
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Is the US not good enough for Kinder chocolate?! Darn it! So if you had one in your bag that you forgot about would you be arrested for smuggling illegal items into the country? Madness!
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February 11th, 2013, 09:56 PM
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That's craziness! Some things I can understand prohibiting but some are just silly. I'm sad that none of us Americans will ever know the joy of a Kinder chocolate
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February 11th, 2013, 10:21 PM
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So I live in Canada, right on the USA border. We go to the states for groceries among other things.
and they let you bring those back across the border???
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February 12th, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Most of the baby items that are prohibited are a no no in the US too...it's well known about baby walkers...I don't think they even sell them in the store anymore.

And I've never seen an infant self-feeding device either.

What is Kinder Surprise?!
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February 12th, 2013, 06:56 AM
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I love Kinder Surprise Eggs. I used to eat them all the time when we lived in Greece. They are chocolate eggs with little toys inside that you put together. The chocolate is so yummy.
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February 12th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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My aunt brings them from Germany some if us clever Americans still have our ways to get our hands on chocolate hehehe
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February 12th, 2013, 07:20 AM
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**** it I have a habit for wanting things I can't have. Who do I call for a kinder surprise ?! Lol
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February 12th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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Are walkers really prohibited here in the US? I had a hand-me-down one for Ethan and it was a lifesaver, because we lived in a rustic cabin in Alaska and the flooring was unfinished. I would have worried he'd get a sliver or a cut on that floor. But I can totally see how they could be deemed unsafe. It's just interesting because I had no idea they'd been banned.
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February 12th, 2013, 10:50 AM
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Awww... no trick candles for Canadian kids?
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February 12th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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I know people who've bought walkers in the States and brought them up here. Car seats, too. Actually we bought a car seat in the States and brought it home. Not sure what the official "rules" are, but no one bothered us at the border about it.

Crunchy, which province are you in, if you don't mind? I'm in Manitoba about 20 miles north of the border too.
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February 12th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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Walkers aren't prohibited in the US....as far as I know...but everybody knows they're not safe. The new thing is exersaucers or jumperoos.
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February 12th, 2013, 03:27 PM
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Crunchy, which province are you in, if you don't mind? I'm in Manitoba about 20 miles north of the border too.
I'm also in MB!!! (South East)

CBSA is really concerned about drugs, weapons, and child porn... not so much about if the car seat has the right stickers. However it really depends on the officer and their knowledge of the items and regulations. The walkers are pretty well known to be prohibited, and are kept at customs and then destroyed, but of course there will be times when they ask. 'Whats the value of the goods you're bringing back?" and don't look to see what they are.

There is a REALLY good chance that an officer wouldn't bother inspecting a crib because they wouldn't know it didn't meet the proper standards. (generally just a bilingual safety label) However if you didn't claim it, or they did know the regs. you'd be given the option to abandon it. Unless you lie about where/how much you bought it for, you wouldn't be charged.

Going into the states if you had a 'suspect' amount of chocolate they may charge you with smuggling. (we also live at a tiny crossing... they could use the excitement, and an excuse to boost their stats!) Any time you have something to "leave in the states" it needs to be claimed at the border.
If you happen to have a couple of kinder surprises in your purse, and they happen to search and find them, you'd just have to hand them over, there wouldn't be any charges or anything. But same thing goes both ways, it's always dependant on what officer you get, what they know, and how badly they care.



As far as groceries go... yup! We live in a VERY isolated part of the province, so it makes it tough to get food anywhere else. Nothing is off limits food wise coming up (from the grocery store at least) going down there are some issues with fruit/veggies and some meat (depending on the meat crisis du'jour) but there isn't a reason for us to be taking food into the US.

It's a little funny because we buy anything BUT meat and dairy in the US because of our own personal preference, and what can legally be sold in the US can't be sold here because of added hormones etc.. But we can bring it across to eat in our own homes, I guess the logic is if we wanna 'risk it' it's our own problem.
it's sure a LOT cheaper to buy things like meat, cheese, milk etc there though!
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February 12th, 2013, 06:20 PM
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crunchy- how long does it take you to drive to the Staes to get groceries? I find this fascinating!
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February 12th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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You know those officers would eat your surprise eggs as soon as you were gone! Now I want one so bad even though it has been a long time since I've had one! If I would have known it would be illegal I would have savored that chocolate more lol!
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February 12th, 2013, 09:29 PM
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crunchy- how long does it take you to drive to the Staes to get groceries? I find this fascinating!
Our house is about 5km to the custom's port, and the US town we shop in is about 10-15 minutes away.


There is a convenience store in Canada about 15 min. away (where we buy our milk and eggs usually) and just over an hour to the closest Grocery store on our side of the border.

There is almost never a wait at customs though, if there is it's never more than 1 or 2 cars
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February 13th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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yeah the states apparently have this rule that you can't have non food items inside food unless it serves a purpose. I just learned this myself a little while ago!

and did you know that what we canadians call "rockets" are called "smarties" in the states? i wonder what our smarties are called there then...
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February 13th, 2013, 12:15 PM
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There isn't a 'brand equivalent' of smarties THey have m&ms but we all know those aren't the same!!

It has been surprising the differences in food available there vs here.
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February 13th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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I love kinder surprise u can get them anywhere here in the uk although the toys aren't as good anymore x
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