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International Traveler: Fruits and Vegetables

International Traveler: Fruits and Vegetables

The United States restricts or prohibits the entry of many agricultural products, which can carry foreign pests and diseases that harm American agriculture and our environment.  A major pest or disease outbreak could mean higher grocery bills, shortages of certain foods, and devastating losses for our farmers and ranchers.  Help us keep American agriculture healthy by following the guidance on this page about products you may want to bring into the United States.

Travelers entering the United States must declare all agricultural products on their U.S. Customs forms. U.S. agricultural inspectors will examine your items to be sure they meet entry requirements and do not harbor harmful foreign pests or diseases.  U.S. inspectors have the authority to make a final determination about whether your products can enter the country.  We recommend that you keep receipts and original packaging of agricultural products as proof of their country of origin. 

As long as you declare all the agricultural products you are bringing with you, you will not face any penalties—even if an inspector determines that they cannot enter the country.

Scroll down for more information on how to declare items at Customs.

Fruits and Vegetables that you CAN and CANNOT bring back to the U.S. (choose below).

Almost all fresh fruits and vegetables (whole or cut) are prohibited from entering the United States because of the potential pest and disease risks to American agriculture.  This includes fresh fruits or vegetables given to you on your airplane or cruise ship.  Please plan to leave them behind.

As with fresh fruits and vegetables, almost all frozen fruits and vegetables are prohibited from entering the United States because some pests and diseases can survive very cold temperatures.  Please plan to leave them behind.

Travelers may bring commercially canned fruits and vegetables into the United States as long as you declare them on your U.S. Customs form.  Home-canned products are not allowed entry because canning practices can vary and may not remove all pest and disease risks.

Most dried fruits and vegetables are not allowed into the United States without meeting special requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases. 

The following dried products are generally allowed but you must declare and present them to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for inspection:
  • Beans
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Nuts (but not chestnuts or acorns)
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Raisins
  • Szechwan peppercorns
If you still have questions about whether a particular plant or plant products (fruits, vegetables, plant parts, seeds, soil, or souvenirs made from wood or plants) can be brought into the United States, please contact USDA’s Plant Import Information Line at 877-770-5990 (toll-free) or by email at plantproducts.permits@aphis.usda.gov.
Bringing back other products? 

How Do I Declare Agricultural Items?

USDA-trained dogs help sniff out plants and animal products in luggage and carry-on items on international flights.

Make sure you include any agricultural items on your Customs Declaration Form (select form below).  This form provides Customs and Border Protection officials with basic information about who you are and what you are bringing into the United States, such as agricultural and wildlife products and whether you have visited a farm prior to traveling to the United States.

When you declare, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official can check your items.  This is the only way to be certain that your items are free of plant pests and animal diseases.

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Forms

— Customs Declaration Form: English | Spanish | Other Languages

Instructions on filling out the Customs Declaration Form (English)

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