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Several stores offer large and varied selections of foreign and domestic liquors at excellent prices, e.g., (downtown) A.H. Riise or Dynasty for selection/price, (near Havensight) K-Mart, Pueblo Supermarket and Al Cohen's Warehouse for price. Each adult U.S. citizen is allowed to return to the U.S. with four '''liters''' (or five fifths) of liquor '''if''' they purchase most in the USVI; additionally, if one liter is made or bottled there (e.g., Cruzan rum), you can return with five liters/six fifths. U.S. Customs officials may not charge for 1-2 liters over the limit because the duty payable is so small; they often charge if you are paying duty for other purchases anyway. Other customs enforcement (e.g., Canada) depends on the country's limits and enforcement. (Note: Most "foreign" liquor comes in one liter bottles, some US-produced liquors may be full liter or .75 liter (or "fifths") bottles, and liqueurs may be in still other sizes. Take care about numbers of bottles versus total liters purchased.)
Some liquor stores will box your purchases and deliver to your ship, hotel or airport at no charge if you ask and make your purchase early enough, e.g., early afternoon for late afternoon/early evening delivery. That way, you don't have to carry them with you the rest of the day. Others (e.g., K-Mart, Cohen's) often have boxes available, and may box bottles for you. Boxes are usually strong enough to be used as checked baggage '''if''' well-strapped with '''strong''' tape, e. (Nylon g., wide, nylon reinforced . (duct Duct tape gives can give mixed results.) Two boxes of up to three bottles each can be strapped together as one piece. Before you tape any box of liquor, check the arrangement of bottles inside (all-upright preferable), and add internal padding (e.g., crumpled newspaper for bottom, sides, top of each bottle), or use bubble wrap or bottle bags/cushions around each, to avoid breakage. Then strap the boxes well, place a name tag on each and write the same information on each box. Do not include highly "over-proof" liquor on flights (e.g., well above 100 proof); all may be confiscated as a fire hazard.
With many airlines now charging for checked baggage, the economics and practicalities of bringing back anything of substantial size or weight gets complicated, e.g., $50 for a third checked piece. Generally, you cannot carry liquor aboard aircraft in or flying to the U.S. because TSA policy says you cannot have larger than 3oz. bottles of liquid in the passenger cabin (under Security Condition Orange/Elevated). All brought on board must fit in a single, clear-plastic, quart Ziplock-type bag.
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