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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 and the US Virgin Islands at 787-771-3611.

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

  • Allium spp. (includes onion, garlic, and chives)
  • Aloe vera (above ground parts)
  • Amaranth, Amaranthus spp. (leaf, stem)
  • Anise
  • Annona spp. (leaf)
  • Arracacha, Arracacia xanthorrhiza
  • Arrowroot
  • Artichoke, Jerusalem
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Balsam apple
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Banana (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)
  • Basil
  • Bay Laurel
  • Beans, in pods (faba, lima, string) – Beans in pods have geographic restrictions. For more information, please contact USDA at the number listed above.
  • Beans, shelled (faba, lima, string)
  • Beet
  • Bitter melon
  • Brassica oleracea
  • Breadfruit, Artocarpus spp.
  • Breadnut
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cacao bean pod
  • Cannonball fruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrot
  • Casabanana, Sicana odorifera
  • Cassava
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chamomile, Anthemis spp.
  • Chayote
  • Chervil
  • Chicory
  • Chinese water nut
  • Chrysanthemum spp. (leaf, stem)
  • Cilantro
  • Citrus, fresh fruit (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime)
  • Coconut (without husk)
  • Collard
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Cornsalad, Valerianella locusta
  • Cucumber, includes Angola cucumber, Sicana odorifera
  • Cyperus corm
  • Dandelion greens
  • Dasheen, Colocasia, Caladium spp., and Xanthosoma spp.
  • Edible flowers (Calendula spp only – pot marigold, johnny jump-ups, pansies, and violets; stems, leaves removed)
  • Eggs
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Ethrog (fruit)
  • False coriander
  • Fennel
  • Flowers (fresh, cut, or dried)
  • Garlic cloves, peeled
  • Genip
  • Ginger root
  • Gourd
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava, (leaf)
  • Herbs (dried or cured)
  • Honeydew melon
  • Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana
  • Indigo, Indigofera spp. (leaf)
  • Insects (dried or preserved)
  • Jackfruit
  • Kale
  • Kudzu—If not seed, tuberous roots, or stems with node (must not be capable of propagation).
  • Lambsquarter
  • Lemon (fruit)
  • Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus
  • Leren
  • Lettuce
  • Lily bulb, edible
  • Lime (fruit)
  • Lotus root
  • Maguey
  • Mango (allowed from Puerto Rico; prohibited from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico)
  • Mangosteen
  • Marjoram, Origanum spp. (leaf, stem)
  • Mint, Mentha spp.
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra – Okra has geographic restrictions. For more information, please contact USDA at the number listed above.
  • Orange (fruit)
  • Oregano, Oreganum vulgare subsp. vulgare (leaf, stem)
  • Palm heart
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peas, in pod or shelled, Pisum sativum
  • Pepper
  • 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
  • Pigeon pea, in pods – allowed from Puerto Rico; Pigeon peas in pods from the U.S. Virgin Islands have geographic restrictions. For more information, please contact USDA at the number listed above.
  • Pigeon pea, shelled
  • Pineapple
  • Plantain (fruit, leaf without stalk or midrib)
  • Plant cuttings and plants without soil
  • Pokeweed greens (leaf, stem)
  • Pomegranate arils
  • 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 pod
  • 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 and the U.S. Virgin Islands 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
  • Palm fronds and articles made from palm fronds (if the fronds are fresh, green, pliable)
  • Insects (live)
  • 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

 



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