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« on: June 24, 2007 01:28:14 PM »

I recently went on holiday to the states to visit friends and family. Since I knew I'd be gone for a couple weeks I brought my hats (listed on etsy) with me, as well as about $13 worth of fabric and $5 worth of notions for making stuffed toys. My boyfriend, an american citizen drove. I'm a canadian citizen. We're both in our early 20s, and live with two other room mates here in Toronto.  The woman at the border gave us the absolute 3rd degree when we tried to cross asking us where we lived, if I visited him or if he visited me, how long we'd been together, who we lived with when at school, if our school residence was our permanent residence, where our parents were, and basically implying he was sneaking me across the border so we could elope in vegas thereby steal me an american citizenship. She then proceeded to search the car and found my hats, and grilled me about them. I didn't have a Textiles Declairation, nor did I know I needed one for just under $300 worth of merchandise listed online. She ended up sending us over to customs where we stood around for over an hour and of course were denied entry into the states. The lady on the canadian side laughed when she read our rejection paper because under our reason for refusal it simply said, "HATS" in big red letters. So we had to go back to my mum's place (which was only about an hour away), and we left the hats with her. On the second attempt the border crossing guard found my almost $20 worth of supplies and we nearly got denied entry again.

And the only reason I'm telling you this story is because you may know someone in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation. I just want to make sure as many canadians as possible know that they need a textiles declairation for textiles they bring across, even if those textiles are only going to be sold on etsy. Either that or lie and tell them those 20 handbags are gifts ;]

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