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Bringing or Mailing Food or Agricultural Products from Your Home Country to the United States
Bringing or mailing food, plants, animals, and other agricultural items from your home country may seem harmless, but without knowing it, you could also bring along a dangerous stowaway – an invasive pest. To keep invasive pests out of the United States, our country has laws that prohibit or restrict the entry of many agricultural products from other countries, including meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, seeds, and some plant-based handicrafts, among other items.
To find out whether the food or agricultural products you’d like to bring to the United States are allowed, please visit USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Web site or contact APHIS at the numbers below.

  • Plant and plant products, including fruits and vegetables
    Phone: (301) 851-2046; Toll free: (877) 770-5990
    Email: permits@aphis.usda.gov
  • Meats and other animal products, live animals, and animal by-products
    Phone: (301) 851-3300
    Email: AskNCIE.Products@aphis.usda.gov

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Remember: When you travel, be sure to declare any food or agricultural products to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the airport when you arrive in the United States. Failing to declare agricultural items could result in a costly civil penalty.


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