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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Information for Travelers Coming to the U.S. Mainland from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits or restricts the entry of many agricultural products from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands into the U.S. mainland, including most fresh fruits and vegetables, certain types of plants and flowers, and certain pork and pork products. That’s because these items could harbor a dangerous stowaway—an invasive pest or disease. Just one piece of fruit or a single plant that is carrying an invasive pest or disease could cause millions of dollars in damage, expensive eradication efforts, lost trade revenue, and higher food prices. So, before you mail, ship, or carry any agricultural products into the U.S. mainland, please click on the links below to find out what’s allowed and what’s prohibited. For more information, please contact the APHIS offices in Puerto Rico at the numbers provided below.
Travelers: You must present all food, plants, and other agricultural items to the USDA inspector at the airport before you leave Puerto Rico or to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer before you leave the U.S. Virgin Islands. If your items are generally allowed, the inspector will check them to make sure they are free from pests and disease before you begin your trip to the U.S. mainland.
Pork or pork products being mailed or shipped to the U.S. mainland may be subject to further restrictions. Contact your local USDA office (Puerto Rico) or nearest U.S. Customs and Border Protection office/agriculture unit (U.S. Virgin Islands) for more information before sending these products. Lists are subject to change.
USDA Offices - Puerto Rico
Aguada: (787) 986-7240 Aguadilla: (787) 931–7900 Carolina: (787) 710-7443 or (787) 710-7282 Ponce: (787) 709-4957 San Juan: (787) 919-0585
CBP Offices - U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas: (340) 774-4554 St. Croix: (340) 778-1696