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January 06, 1991

In his Nov. 20 Consumer Report, Jack Adler erred in saying that travelers clearing U.S. Customs in California are subject to a one-liter-per-adult limit on liquor being imported and that any excess will be confiscated.

Passengers arriving in California on a common carrier such as a commercial airliner or a cruise ship are subject to federal regulations only: Each adult may bring in one liter of liquor free of duty, and duty will be charged on any excess at the 10% flat rate plus an Internal Revenue tax based on alcohol content (proof).

The absolute limit of one liter per adult, with the excess being confiscated, applies only to people entering California not by common carrier, such as people driving across the border in their own cars or walking across the border.

MICHAEL E. TSCHEEKAR

Westchester

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