Traveler bringing tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, bidis) to the U.S. for personal use

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Traveler bringing tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, bidis) to the U.S. for personal use

Traveler bringing tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, bidis, etc.) to the U.S. for their personal use.

A traveler may include up to 100 cigars and 200 cigarettes in the $800 exemption from duty. For regulations concerning Cuba, please see The Department of Treasury publication of new Cuba Regulations.
Additional cigars and cigarettes may be brought into the country, but they will be subject to duty and Federal excise taxes. Cigarettes may also be subject to Federal excise tax.  Rates may be viewed by visiting the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  Note: Federal excise tax rates are for informational purposes only and actual tax or fee may vary according to a person’s circumstances.Bidis – essentially flavored cigarettes – are not generally permitted entry.  For pipe/loose tobacco products, contact the port of entry directly.

Once every 31 days, a resident returning from travel from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), or the Virgin Islands of the United States may import 1,000 cigarettes (5 cartons), not more than 200 of which acquired elsewhere than in such locations, within the returning resident’s $1,600 exemption from duty and taxes.

For information about duty-exemption or duty rates for other tobacco products, please contact the port of entry directly.

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