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Agricultural Items from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Allowed into the Mainland (after inspection)

The lists below are subject to change. For more information, call the USDA APHIS State Plant Health Director for Puerto Rico at 787-771-3611 or the USDA office at the airport (numbers provided below).

Agricultural Items from Puerto Rico Allowed into the Mainland (after inspection):

Allium spp. (includes onion, garlic, and chives)

• Amaranth, Amaranthus spp. (leaf, stem)

• Anise

Annona spp. (leaf)

Arracacia xanthorrhiza

• Arrowroot

• Artichoke, Jerusalem

• Asparagus

• Avocado

• Balsam apple

• Bamboo shoots

• Banana (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)

• Basil

• 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.

• Beet

• Bitter melon

• Brassica oleracea (includes cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and collards)

• Breadfruit, Artocarpus spp.

• Breadnut

• Cacao bean pod

• Cannonball fruit

• Cantaloupe

• Carrot

• Cassava

• Celery

• Chamomile, Anthemis spp.

• Chayote

• Chervil

• Chickory

• Chinese waternut

Chrysanthemum spp. (leaf, stem)

• Cilantro

• Citrus, fresh fruit (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime)

• Coconut (without husk)

• Collard

• Corn (on the cob only)

• Cornsalad, Vallerianella spp.

• Cucumber (includes Angola cucumber, Sicania odorata)

• Cyperus corm

• Dandelion greens (leaf, stem)

• Dasheen, Colocasia, Caladium spp., and Xanthosoma spp.

• Eggs

• Eggplant

• Endive

• Ethrog (fruit)

• False coriander

• Fennel

• Flowers (fresh, cut, or dried)

• Genip

• Ginger root

• Gourd

• Guava (leaf)

• Herbs (dried or cured)

• Honeydew melon

• Horseradish, Armoracia spp.

• Indigo, Indigofera spp.

• Insects (dried or preserved)

• Jackfruit

• Kale

• Kudzu—if not seed, tuberous roots, or stems with node (must not be capable of propagation)

• Lambsquarter

• Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus

• Leren

• Lettuce

• Lily bulb, edible

• Lotus root

• Maguey

• Mangosteen

• Marjoram, Origanum spp. (leaf, stem)

• Mint, Mentha spp.

• Mushrooms

• Mustard greens

• Oregano, Origanum spp. (leaf, stem)

• Palm heart

• Papaya

• Parsley

• Parsnip

• Pepper

• Peas, Pisum sativum (in pod or shelled)

• Pet birds— Entry requirements vary depending on the origin of the bird. Please visit the APHIS Web site for details on the entry requirements for pet birds.

• Pineapple

• Plantain (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)

• Plant cuttings and plants without soil

• Pokeweed greens (leaf, stem)

• Potato

• Pumpkin

• Purslane

• Radish

• Rhubarb

• Rosemary (leaf)

• Rutabaga

• St. John’s bread

• Salsify

• Savoy

• Snail shells (if empty and thoroughly cleaned)

• Sorrel, Rumex spp.

• Spinach

• Squash

• Stinking-toe (pod)

• Strawberry

• Sweet potato (leaf only)

• Swiss chard

• Tamarind bean pods

• Taro, Colocasia and Caladium spp.

• Tarragon

• Thyme

• Tomato

• Truffle

• Turnip

• Vegetable marrow

• Water chestnut

• Watercress

• Watermelon

• 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:

• Cactus

• 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

• Insects (live)

• Pigeon Peas (fresh)

• Plants in soil

• Seed cotton and cottonseed

• Snails (land)

• Seeds or nuts (pulpy)

• Soil

• Sugarcane

• Sweet potato

• Vegetables (fresh)—all vegetables are prohibited except those on preceding list

Additional Information

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



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