United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Information for Travelers Coming to the U.S. Mainland from Hawaii
Please Note: On June 16, 2017: APHIS
is posting Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that
occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for
the Animal Care Inspection System on Feb. 3, 2017, while the Agency conducts a
comprehensive review of the information on its website. The newly posted
inspection reports involve inspections that occurred between April 22 and
May 19, 2017. As part of the comprehensive review of information, APHIS
is continuing to closely review animal inventories that accompany inspection
reports. For this reason, the newly posted inspection reports do not
include animal inventories, though APHIS intends to make information regarding
animal inventories available again in the future.
with the agency’s procedures for allowing time to consider and incorporate
additional information, as appropriate, developed during appeals of inspection
findings, inspections that occurred after May 19, 2017, are not yet ready for
release. Inspection reports, as well as research facility annual reports, are located here.
APHIS is committed to ensuring the welfare of regulated animals and continues to carry out the critical day-to-day work of ensuring the humane treatment of vulnerable animals through unannounced inspections, pre-compliance visits, horse protection inspections, and other activities.
APHIS, during the past year, has conducted a comprehensive review of the information it posts on its website for the general public to view. To conduct the review, the entire agency search tool database, along with additional documents, was taken off line. As a result of this review, APHIS has removed certain personal information from APHIS’ website involving the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act. APHIS recently reposted certain inspection reports and research facility annual reports that were determined to be appropriate for reposting. Once a month, we also publicly post a list of our licensees/registrants that are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. Here is the link: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/SA_Regulated_Businesses. On that webpage, please click on List of Persons Licensed or
Registered under the AWA to see the up-to-date list. Finally, some enforcement records (such as initial decision and orders, default decisions, and consent decisions) continue to be available on the USDA’s Office of Administrative Law Judge’s website.
The agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting. Those seeking information from APHIS regarding inspection reports not currently posted to the website, regulatory correspondence, and enforcement related matters may submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for that information. FOIA requests can be submitted here: https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/. Records will be released when authorized and in a manner consistent with the FOIA and Privacy Act. Also, consistent with recent amendments to the FOIA, if the same records are frequently requested records under the FOIA, and are subject to release under the FOIA and Privacy Act, APHIS will post the appropriately redacted versions to its website.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits or restricts the entry of many agricultural products from Hawaii into the U.S. mainland, including most fresh fruits and vegetables and certain types of plants and flowers. That’s because these items could harbor a dangerous stowaway—an invasive pest or disease. Just one piece of fruit or a single plant that is carrying an invasive pest or disease could cause millions of dollars in damage, expensive eradication efforts, lost trade revenue, and higher food prices. So, before you mail, ship, or carry any agricultural products into the U.S. mainland, please click on the links below to find out what’s allowed and what’s prohibited. For more information, please contact the APHIS offices in Hawaii at the numbers provided below.
Travelers: You must present all food, plants, and other agricultural items to the USDA inspector at the airport before you leave Hawaii. If your items are generally allowed, the inspector will check them to make sure they are free from pests and disease before you begin your trip to the U.S. mainland.
Treated fruit, such as papaya, abiu, atemoya, banana, curry leaf, dragon fruit, longan, lychee, mangosteen, rambutan, starfruit, and sweet potato
These fruits must be treated at a USDA-approved facility and packed in sealed boxes that are properly marked and stamped.
Plants and cuttings
Some States may require rooted plants to be certified by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture before they may be moved to the U.S. mainland. Please contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for more information. Contact numbers are provided at the bottom of this page.
Rocks and stones
Seashells, not land snail shells
Seed leis and seed jewelry
Wood (including driftwood and sticks) and wood roses (dried)