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USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Travelers' Tips
Certain agricultural items are prohibited. The general rule is
that items are prohibited if they can carry plant pests or
animal diseases. Here is a specific list:
- Fruits and Vegetables. All fruit not on the
permitted list below is prohibited. Sugarcane is prohibited.
Potatoes are prohibited, including Irish potatoes, sweet
potatoes, and yams. (Exceptions: Cooked potatoes are
permitted. Avocados without seeds are permitted, except in
- Plants, Seeds, and Soil. Plants and seeds require
special permits. Soil and some plants are prohibited. Check in
advance with agricultural inspectors. (Exception: Some
dried plant parts, such as for medicinal purposes, are
- Meat and Game. Pork - raw and cooked, including
sausages, cold cuts, skins, and pork tacos, is prohibited.
(Exceptions: Shelf-stable, canned pork and hardcooked
pork skins [cracklings] are permitted.) Poultry - raw meat from
both domesticated and game fowl is prohibited.
(Exception: Thoroughly cooked poultry is permitted.)
Game - check with agricultural inspectors in advance. Other
restrictions may apply; check in advance with agricultural
- Eggs. Prohibited. (Exceptions: Boiled and
cooked eggs are permitted.)
- Live Birds. Wild and domesticated birds, including
poultry, are prohibited. To import personally owned pet birds,
contact agricultural inspectors in advance.
- Straw. Generally prohibited. This includes wheat
straw, seeds, animal feed, and all articles made from this
In addition to the excepted items listed above, many
agricultural items are permitted if they pass inspection to be
sure they are free of pests, soil, and sand.
- Fruits and Vegetables. Permitted fruits are bananas,
blackberries, cactus fruits, dates, dewberries, grapes, lemons,
limes (sour), lychees, melons, papayas, pineapples, and
strawberries. Vegetables are permitted, except for those on the
prohibited list above. Okra, however, is subject to certain
- Nuts. Permitted items are acorns, almonds, cocoa
beans, chestnuts, coconuts (without husks or milk), peanuts,
pecans, pinons (pinenuts), tamarind beans, walnuts, and