Customs Regulations for Alcohol From Mexico to the U.S.

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Bring up to 1 liter of alcohol back from Mexico under the duty-free exemption.
Bring up to 1 liter of alcohol back from Mexico under the duty-free exemption. (Image: alex Barrera/iStock/Getty Images)

The traditional tastes of Mexico tantalize tourists from around the world, and renowned liquors are distilled from indigenous plants. Artisans wait 10 years to cull tequila from the 100-pound heart of the 7-foot-tall blue agave and carefully age the distilled sap. Follow United States import laws to bring this craftsmanship back with you.

Personal Exemption

U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows you to bring back up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages duty-free if you are over the age of 21. Any amount above the 1-liter limit is taxed. CBP does not limit the amount you may bring back but certain states may, and CBP will enforce the laws of those states. Check with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board of the state you plan to use as a port of reentry. While no federal limits exist, you may get the attention of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if you try to import a large amount.

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