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Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |21 Jan 2019|, 10:29
by tekknofobia
Does anyone know the import/export rules regarding hops. I tried searching online but the Canadian sites don't give any specifics regarding hops. Travelling to Europe next May. Am I allowed to bring hops over the border.

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |21 Jan 2019|, 10:59
by brhenrio
May have to be declared under food item? Im going to web search

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |21 Jan 2019|, 15:10
by Randy
I have never been charged duty yet on beer grains or hops, I live in Canada, buy online in the united states and have a U.S. address, Every thing I buy gets sent there and I drive over to the U.S. and pick it up head over to customs show my bill to them, all ways 200 bucks or less , they tell me to have a good day or maybe I am just lucky but I smile all the way home..cheers good luck

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |21 Jan 2019|, 16:30
by tekknofobia
I wasn't concerned about duties or taxes but just the ability to carry them across the border back to Canada. I guess you just answered my question Randy. If you bring grain and hops from States then coming from Europe would not be any different. How about if the hops are not in their original supplier packaging but vacuum sealed in 1 oz. baggies, you think I might get pulled on the side and have them cut open? Or is it just a matter of having the original receipt to show for it?

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |21 Jan 2019|, 23:48
by brhenrio
Actually reading on food regs bringing things in from europe is quite different than the us, a lot more rules just from what i have perused.

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |24 Jan 2019|, 22:44
by tekknofobia
I got in touch with one of the stores that sells them. He says they ship them all over EU but he does not want to ship them to Canada. I found some info online that says resins and oils from hops are allowed to carry but it does not say anything about dried hops. I might just give it a try since it is less than half price, it's very tempting.

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |25 Jan 2019|, 14:43
by ECH
What type of hops are you looking for? What is the pricing?

I discovered a place in BC last year that has pretty good hop pricing, but min. buy is 1lb bags, but prices were far cheaper than LHBS, or even some of the online places.

https://northwesthopfarms.com/collections/all

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |25 Jan 2019|, 14:44
by ECH
Scratch that, apparently you can buy as little as 2oz now on some varieties.

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |29 Jan 2019|, 15:23
by tekknofobia
Looking for some of the tropical fruits flavour hops such as galaxy, wai-ti, rakau, calista, kohatu, mosaic and citra. This is well stocked place and their pricing is great comparing to my LHBS. I don't mind buying by the pound and if you get a few packs the shipping cost will end up just a few bucks per pound. Thanks ECH. I have seen this brand in one of LHBS but I did not know that it is a Canadian company.

Re: Hops Border Crossing

Posted: |29 Jan 2019|, 18:53
by ECH
tekknofobia wrote:
<span title="|29 Jan 2019|, 15:23">2 months ago</span>
Looking for some of the tropical fruits flavour hops such as galaxy, wai-ti, rakau, calista, kohatu, mosaic and citra. This is well stocked place and their pricing is great comparing to my LHBS. I don't mind buying by the pound and if you get a few packs the shipping cost will end up just a few bucks per pound. Thanks ECH. I have seen this brand in one of LHBS but I did not know that it is a Canadian company.
I just discovered it last year myself. No more buying at the LHBS unless I just need an oz of something odd that I wouldn't buy a pound of.