USDA-APHIS-International Travel-Agricultural Items from Puerto Rico
Agricultural Items from Puerto Rico Allowed into the Mainland (after inspection)
Allium spp. (includes onion, garlic, and chives)
Amaranth, Amaranthus spp. (leaf, stem)
Annona spp. (leaf)
Banana (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)
Bay leaves, laurel
Beans, shelled (faba, lima, string)
Beans, in pods (faba, lima, string)—have geographic restrictions. For more information, please contact USDA’s offices using the telephone numbers listed below.
Brassica oleracea (includes cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and collards)
Breadfruit, Artocarpus spp.
Cacao bean pod
Chamomile, Anthemis spp.
Chrysanthemum spp. (leaf, stem)
Citrus, fresh fruit (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime)
Coconut (without husk)
Corn (on the cob only)
Cornsalad, Vallerianella spp.
Cucumber (includes Angola cucumber, Sicania odorata)
Dandelion greens (leaf, stem)
Dasheen, Colocasia, Caladium spp., and Xanthosoma spp.
Flowers (fresh, cut, or dried)
Herbs (dried or cured)
Horseradish, Armoracia spp.
Indigo, Indigofera spp.
Insects (dried or preserved)
Kudzu—If not seed, tuberous roots, or stems with node (must not be capable of propagation).
Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus
Lily bulb, edible
Marjoram, Origanum spp. (leaf, stem)
Mint, Mentha spp.
Oregano, Origanum spp. (leaf, stem)
Peas, Pisum sativum (in pod or shelled)
Pet birds—Entry requirements vary depending on the origin of the bird. Please consult USDA–APHIS’ Program Aid No. 1832, Importing a Pet Bird: Special Rules for Bringing Pet Birds of Non-U.S. Origin into the United States, (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/
content/printable_version/ipdnew.pdf) for details on the entry requirements for pet birds.
Plantain (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)
Plant cuttings and plants without soil
Pokeweek greens (leaf, stem)
St. John’s bread
Snail shells (if empty and thoroughly cleaned)
Sorrel, Rumex spp.
Sweet potato (leaf only)
Tamarind bean pods
Taro, Colocasia and Caladium spp.
Yam, Dioscorea spp.
Yautia (tanier), Xanthosoma spp.
Note: Commercially canned and thoroughly cooked foods are permitted. All permissible agricultural products are subject to inspection.
Agricultural Items from Puerto Rico Not Allowed into the Mainland
Citrus and citrus-related plants
Citrus leaves (fresh)
Cotton, cotton cuttings
Fruits (fresh)—all fruits are prohibited except those on the preceding list
Handicrafts made from Palm fronds
Pigeon Peas (fresh)
Plants in soil
Seed cotton and cottonseed
Seeds or nuts (pulpy)
Vegetables (fresh)—all vegetables are prohibited except those on preceding list
Lists are subject to change. For more information, call the USDA office at the airport:
- Aguadilla (787) 882–3515
- Mayaguez (787) 831–3424, (787) 806–1090/1219
- Ponce (787) 841–3135/3225
- San Juan (787) 253–4638/4651/4652
Agricultural Information for International Travelers
USDA prohibits rice, soybeans, Cicer species (e.g., chickpeas), and safflower seeds from 26 countries, including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.