On Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:11:11 -0400, Greg Guarino wrote:
Same here. We did get picked for thorough inspection once on a bus
between the Amtrak station in Seattle and the Via Rail station in
Vancouver. Still quite friendly so I asked why us. Was told it was
random - they always do a couple of the tourists to see if the others
start acting nervous.
Now getting into Ireland in a camper van in the '70s was a different
I've likely crossed the border 50 or 60 times each way. Generally
pretty good going both ways, but definitely less trouble coming north
than going south.
I've also crossed a lot of other borders and the worst had to be
between Zambia and Zaire. If you wanted it to ta hours, it was
necessary to leave a 20Kw note in your passport.
I carry tools with me every time I drive across the border. When
questioned I just say "would YOU drive THIS to Florida (or
We were going to Florida with our friends in their 2000 Camry - and
the US border agent said , with incredulity - "in THIS?"
On 09/09/2014 7:46 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I had toolkit in back of car when driving as well -- but an
obviously professional service toolkit and spare parts isn't _quite_ the
same as a toolkit in the car boot...particularly when one is traveling
by air... :) I assure you they treat it much differently.
And to make clear, they're particularly aiming at the non-resident who's
on business that's not supposed by reg's to be doing work that residents
are supposed to be able to be doing...that the customer doesn't have the
expertise or the desire to do the task at hand is immaterial to
Back in '84 myself and another engineer went on a trip to Calgary to
troublshoot/fix some problems in the Novatel Cellular phone network.
Before I left for Canada, it was made very clear to me that
1) I was going there for "meetings".
2) I was to carry no tools.
3) Any boards/parts I had with me were "samples".
A month or two earlier a couple field-service techs had made the same
trip. They had taken their toolkits and told customs they were going
to repair some cellular base-station radios. That did not go well.
I've been to Canada on business a many times since then, and it's
always the same drill: meetings, no tools, samples. That's always
been pretty much the truth, but you don't want leave any doubt.
I did make the mistake of taking a piece of test equipment and a
computer (this was in the pre-laptop days, when a portable computer
was more like the size of a standard carryon suitcase). I didn't have
any trouble with Canadian customs, but somebody forgot to file the
right documents with US customs for the gear. Due to time
constraints, I had to leave the gear and have the customer ship it
back to us. To get it back into the US, we had to pay import duties
that amounted to more than the stuff was worth. Unfortunately, there
was proprietary information on the computer -- otherwise we would have
let US customs keep it.
Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow! HUMAN REPLICAS are
at inserted into VATS of
Oh, I've a zillion of those kinds...was pretty new w/ a new firm thru
which was running consulting contracts (after the coal analyzer gig)
doing coal flow measurement testing with utilities to develop a flow
monitor that could be used in individual coal lines to the boiler. One
cooperating utility was in England. So, when got ready to do the
testing on their unit this new company had a shipping department and
shipped products all over the world so I figured they'd know what to
do/needed be done. Turns out that was bum assumption; they shipped it
but without any customs paperwork. Took me most of two days at the
import impound station at the Stansted airport to get it out from behind
the cage at DHL...
As a very young lad out of school only a few years, met a fellow at an
ANS conference in Toronto from Chalk River Laboratories after presenting
a paper on employer's incore neutron detectors with which we were having
some issues. This fellow's area of research happened to deal with
similar detectors so he offered some free testing in their facilities to
see if could uncover some root causes. Anyway, not knowing any better,
I just rolled it up and put it in a bubble-envelope and put it in first
class outgoing mail. My they got upset in receiving when opened it at
Chalk River!!! :) I got quite a bit of feedback on that one...and he
never did learn anything useful to help us in our problems, besides.
When working for an Test Equipment maker, one of our local Techs went
into Canada with a tool box and boards. No problem getting in and
working. The problem was getting back into the US taking the US tools
and boards back to the US. Customs 'Stole' the boards and tools.
Held him at the border for 18 hours and then released him. He lived in
up state NY anyway - just a pain. If it were me, two or three missed
planes on the way home...
He was servicing IBM Canada and was snagged. From then on the
method was to ship in whatever and take nothing. Bring nothing
and ship everything.
On 9/10/2014 12:28 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:
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