The following plant products DO NOT require an import permit or need to meet any USDA APHIS requirements and are generally admissible from all countries, unless specified, into the United States. Please note that this list is not all inclusive and all commodities are subject to inspection upon arrival into various ports of entry staffed by Customs and Border Protection officials.
Dried, cured, cooked, or processed fruits and vegetables (except frozen fruits and vegetables), including cured figs and dates, raisins, nuts, and dried beans and peas, may be imported without permit, phytosanitary certificate, or other compliance from USDA APHIS.
This includes fruit and vegetable juices, cooked, purees, concentrates, pickles, marmalades, preserves, and jellies.
Listed below are generally admissible fresh fruits and vegetables:
Products not listed in the Miscellaneous Processed Products Manual or the Seeds Not for Planting Manual are unrestricted unless covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species1, a Federal Noxious Weed, or part of the Federal Seed Act. Below is a list of commonly imported goods that are generally admissible without a permit or phytosanitary certificate.
1Many plants are protected under the Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The plants listed in CITES are considered threatened with extinction due to excessive harvesting and trade. To prevent their extinction, CITES member countries monitor and control the trade in CITES plants through the issuance of permits. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), through its Memorandum of Agreement with PPQ, regulates imported, nonliving CITES plant materials by enforcing 50 CFR § 23 and 50 CFR § 24. Products produced from some CITES-protected plants may require permits.
If you have questions, please contact USDA’s Plant Import Information Line at 877-770-5990 (toll-free) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.