Canadian Agricultural Products
To check for restrictions on fruits and vegetables from Canada, you can search the FAVIR database at www.aphis.usda.gov/favir/. Click the “Fresh Fruit and Vegetables” link to the right to learn how to use the database.
Fruits and vegetables grown in Canada are generally allowed if they have labels identifying them as products of Canada. Some fruits and vegetables purchased in Canada may not have been grown in Canada. For example, citrus or tropical fruits such as mangos, which can be purchased but not grown in Canada, are prohibited.
Currently, potatoes from western regions of Canada are restricted because of a disease outbreak. While commercial imports are permitted under stringent guidelines, travelers from Canada should avoid bringing raw potatoes with them into the United States.
Food products from Canada, including pet food and fresh (frozen or chilled), cooked, canned or otherwise processed products containing beef, veal, bison, and cervid (e.g., deer, elk, moose, caribou, etc.) are now permitted from Canada in passenger baggage. Products containing sheep, lamb, or goat are prohibited and will not be allowed entry.
Travelers must provide proof of the origin of beef, pork, poultry, cervid meat, and pet food in order to bring them into the United States. Examples of proof of origin include the grocery store receipt where the product was purchased or the label on the product indicating the Province in which it was packaged.
Additionally, travelers arriving in recreation vehicles (RVs) from Canada and bringing houseplants or firewood must check with CBP agricultural specialists or officers for restrictions that apply to these products.
Last Modified: September 20, 2011