Inspector: Do you have anything to declare?
Tom: No, I don't think so.
Inspector: Well, would you mind opening this bag?
Tom: I guess not, although I might not be able to close it again.
Inspector: Aha, what are these magazines?
Tom: Oh, dear, I didn't realize I still had those.
Inspector: Well, sir, since we are very strict about pornography, I will have to confiscate them.
Inspector: And what's this? Three bottles of whiskey.
Tom: That's the legal limit.
Inspector: Yes, but what about these two six packs of wine spritzers?
Tom: Oh, those...well, it's just a fun drink, it's not really alcohol.
Inspector: Says here 4%. I'm afraid you'll have to choose.
Tom: OK, take the spritzers.
Inspector: And what's this?
Tom: An aloe, plant good for the health.
Inspector: It's illegal to bring it into the country, sorry. Well, I guess that about takes care of everything.
Tom: You are not kidding! You've taken most of my souvenirs from the States.
Inspector: Well, think of it this way, now you'll be able to shut your bag, no problem.
1.这段对话说的是Tom在美国旅行结束后回国时在机场海关遇到检查的事。无论在什么时候出境， 在机场你都会遇到海关的检查。所有国家的海关都会规定各自国家的禁入或者禁出物品（forbidden items or restricted items），其中包括各种可能带菌的植物、水果、肉类、酒类、毒品以及武器弹药自然都在违禁之列。日用品象摩丝、剃须膏等根本就不能带上飞机。海关人员一般都是非常友好的。可是如果遇到什么紧急情况，比如美国在911之后，对海关的检查就非常非常的严格。不过不用担心，只要你在出国或回国时搞清楚这个国家海关的规定就不会有问题了。
2.海关人员一般会这样问你：Do you have anything to declare? 或者Anything to declare?你是否带有需要申报纳税的物品？如果你不知道哪些东西需要纳税，就可以问一句，Could you tell me what things have duty on them? 你能告诉我哪些东西需要纳税吗？
Any arms，munitions, living plants, or animals? 有武器弹药和活的动植物吗？
Do you have to pay duty on the liquor and cigarettes? 烟和酒要交税吗？
All this luggage is mine. 这些行李都是我的。
I have a suitcase and a traveling bag. 我有一个手提箱和一个旅行包。
Take a look, please. 请检查吧。
I have a few things to declare. 我有一些东西需要申报。
I don't think I have anything to declare. 我没什么东西要申报的。
These items are for personal use. 这些东西都是私人物品。
How long will it take us to get through the customs. 通过海关检查要多长时间。
Where should I go through the custom? 海关在哪？
I only have shirts and things like that. 我只有衬衫一类的东西。
The custom formalities are simple. 海关检查的手续很简单。
How much duty should I pay? 我该付多少税？