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Nancy Parode

Plan Ahead to Clear Customs Quickly

By December 20, 2012

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If your travels take you across an international border this holiday season, you will have to clear customs when you return home, regardless of your mode of travel.

Even though lines might be long at your airport or border crossing, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend clearing customs. Understanding the customs regulations, documenting purchases and packing wisely can all help you clear customs as quickly as possible.

Understanding customs regulations goes beyond knowing your duty-free allowance. For example, if you are a United States citizen, skip farm tours when you're in another country. You could end up disinfecting your shoes in the airport's customs hall.

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