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.
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Travelers may enter with driftwood—wood that was naturally weathered by saltwater to the degree that no pest risk exists—that is free of soil or other organic material. Driftwood must be declared and is subject to inspection at entry.
Fresh, green, and/or pliable palm fronds are prohibited entry. Craft items made of palm fronds, such as baskets, bracelets, fans, hats, headband, napkin rings, and placements are prohibited entry unless the item was processed (bleached, dyed, painted, or shellacked) beyond just crafting/weaving.
Passengers may enter the United States with dried (not green) date palm fronds and products made from dried date palm fronds from any country except Algeria or Morocco, subject to inspection. All date palm fronds (Phoenix spp.) and products made from date palm fronds originating in Algeria or Morocco are prohibited entry.For further information, please contact USDA’s Plant Import Information Line at 877-770-5990 (toll-free) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA does restrict/regulate the entry of land snails/shells and many species of freshwater snails/shells, because many foreign snail species are considered to be invasive pests that could cause harm to U.S. agriculture and the environment.
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 email@example.com.