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Alfa38User

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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2014, 11:31:28 AM »
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I went through to the us at sumas one time and the woman there wanted to know if I owned a house and I said yes and then she wanted to know what it was worth and did I have a mortgage? go figure how that was any of her business at hand

If you were entering the US and although it may have seemed like the questions were none of her business, that is not the case. She was simply doing her job in trying to determine your true residence and whether or not you might be likely to remain in USA unlawfully. Perhaps it was a vibe she got from the tone of your other responses to her questions or it was simply her way of doing her job. Some of these people are almost psychic when it comes to detecting these things. They are also well trained to cross check your responses to other questions.
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2014, 02:08:32 PM »
If you were entering the US and although it may have seemed like the questions were none of her business, that is not the case. She was simply doing her job in trying to determine your true residence and whether or not you might be likely to remain in USA unlawfully. Perhaps it was a vibe she got from the tone of your other responses to her questions or it was simply her way of doing her job. Some of these people are almost psychic when it comes to detecting these things. They are also well trained to cross check your responses to other questions.

Proof of residence I understand but I believe she was abusing it(authority) when asking  someone what their house is worth or if they owe money on it.In my 45 years of crossing borders this women is the only person to ask such questions.I have never ever had a problem coming or going except this one day with this person.she was just mean spirited and out of line in my opinion  but you just have to grin and bear it as I did.I figure being detained this single time was just another life experience.I was not worried as \I knew \I was 100% clean and she was just being a you know what that day because the guy inside kinda rolled his eyes when I came in when he saw which officer signed the check this guy over card.
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ArdraF

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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2014, 02:49:29 PM »
One time many years ago I was returning from Europe via Seattle.  I was traveling alone because Jerry stayed behind to work.  I also was well dressed (this is before we wore jeans and sneakers to travel) with nice jewelry.  I was pulled aside to a separate room by a very nice agent who asked me a lot of questions.  Yes, I had been to Antwerp because my husband was working in Belgium and was still there.  No, I didn't buy any jewelry there. etc.  He went through my wallet looking at every single piece of paper and even went so far as to check the hem of my fur coat (it was winter and very cold in Europe that year).  Meanwhile we had a nice conversation about skiing etc.  When I mentioned it to a family member who was in the FBI and wondered why the intense scrutiny he said I undoubtedly fit the profile of someone who might be trying to smuggle diamonds from Antwerp.  He probably was looking in my purse and wallet for a receipt of a purchase and feeling for hidden diamonds in my clothing.  Antwerp is a diamond center and a lot are smuggled from there.  It was an interesting experience but it wasn't bothersome.

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Jeff in Ferndale Wa

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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2014, 09:39:38 PM »
Jeff,

When we passed that sign yesterday it only listed Blaine and Peace Arch. No time was show for Aldergrove.

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That's odd..I think it usually lists the Aldergrove crossing, but maybe I'm wrong.
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Jeff in Ferndale Wa

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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2014, 12:39:03 PM »
That's odd..I think it usually lists the Aldergrove crossing, but maybe I'm wrong.

I'm home now, and drove past that sign on Tuesday. It was alternating, first showing the times for the two Blain crossings, then switching and showing the times for the Lynden and Sumas crossings.
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2015, 11:53:20 AM »
We have traveled across the border probably 20 times in 5 years if not more - we are from Calgary and our friends all live in the Spokane Valley so we,re back and forth tons. Every time we go to the States its the same question are the border guys rude and every time its the same answer NO THEY ARE AWESOME

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Everytime we come back to Canada we used to get the gears HUGE and one time i had good seized even when they were declared and what a hassle ( we finally had then returned after a huge dispute over a couple of years)

each time we talk to a US citizen they say Canadian Border guys are great US Border guys suck and every time we talk to Canadians they say US Border Patrol is great Canadian Border guys suck

bottom line is each border patrol is looking out for the best interests of their respective countries in particular with respect to ECONOMIC policies they don't want you taking income out of their countries pocket but they do like the tourism dollars $$$$$$

now we cross both borders with required paperwork (ie receipts) and make sure we are well within any allowed allowancies (ie booze or other goods)

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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2015, 11:58:54 AM »
Just in this week. Don't try to bring poultry or eggs into B.C. from Washington state, avian flu has been discovered there. Damn, that was a main reason for shopping trips to Bellingham.
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2015, 02:10:53 PM »
Just in this week. Don't try to bring poultry or eggs into B.C. from Washington state, avian flu has been discovered there. Damn, that was a main reason for shopping trips to Bellingham.
"Avian flu" discovered by B.C. poultry industry, no doubt. :)
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2015, 03:18:45 PM »
I don't think so. The American authorities have been on watch for the disease since it was discovered here on farms close to the border. Whether contaminated Canadian birds crossed the border as illegal aliens or it is an airborne virus I really don't know.
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2015, 06:02:57 PM »
..at 20 cents  on the buck, there isn't a major benefit buy south (there are exceptions) ...
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2015, 09:42:05 PM »
Even at that some products like milk and cheese are cheaper plus selection is much better. Best to fill the tank before crossing, you won't like our fuel prices.
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Re: tips for crossing into canada on the west coast
« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2015, 08:45:10 AM »
fuel is 30% cheaper (min) in the states chicken and frozen produce from Costco is almost 1/2 price BUT beef is almost twice that of Canadian Beef same with Salmon etc. We go for 2 weeks every July and take a chest freezer we are very selective in what we purchase, canned good from Walmart are super super cheap but fresh stuff from Albersons or Safeway are almost the same price (with the exception of things like Avacados from California) with the exchange rate at approx 20% this will be a boon for the canadian tourism board. its a case of somethings (US products) are super cheap (California or Wash wines 1/3 of the cost ) but Mexican Avacados same price.
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