Declaring Fruits and Vegetables Brought into the United States

In the news today is the story of a woman who failed to declare to U.S. Customs & Border Protection, upon entering the U.S., an apple that her airline had provided during her flight from Paris to Minneapolis. She was fined $500 and had her Global Entry privileges revoked.

Curious about what foods can be brought into the United States? CBP provides information available on its website. With respect to fruits and vegetables, CBP notes that “[i]t is best not to bring fresh fruits or vegetables into the United States.” Customs also states that “[e]very fruit or vegetable must be declared to a CBP Agriculture Specialist or CBP Officer and must be presented for inspection – regardless of its admissibility status.”

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