Traveling Out of State - How Much Can I Bring Back?
Importation of Alcoholic Beverages
A person traveling into Texas from another state or country can bring a maximum of:
- 1 gallon of distilled spirits;
- 3 gallons of wine; and
- 24 twelve-ounce containers of beer
- There are no substitutions between the types of alcoholic beverages.
- The importation of alcoholic beverages must be for personal use.
- Importations cannot occur more than once in a 30-day period.
- The person making the importation must accompany the alcoholic beverages.
- Minors (persons under 21 years of age) or intoxicated persons may not bring alcoholic beverages into Texas.
- All alcoholic beverage containers imported into Texas are subject to the state liquor tax and a $3.00 administrative fee. This fee is included in the posted tax rates.
- Payment of the fees and taxes are documented by a tax stamp placed on the bottle.
- Please note that failure to pay the tax and obtain the appropriate stamp will subject violators to a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000 and/or a jail term of up to one year.
Importation of Cigarettes
TABC Ports of Entry personnel are also responsible for ensuring that the laws relating to cigarettes are observed.
- Persons 18 years of age or older may import both Mexican and duty-free cigarettes.
- A tax of $1.50 is due on each pack of cigarettes imported into the state, and a stamp is placed on each cigarette pack to indicate payment of the tax.
- The first carton of cigarettes has no importation restrictions with regard to labeling.
- Additional cartons are subject to U.S. Customs labeling laws. They cannot have "For Use Outside U.S." or "U.S. Tax Exempt" or any such wording on them.