Are you a food importer in the U.S or you want to start an importation business, and you are not so sure on your choice of product or food? Well, taking up this kind of venture is a good move, as you’ll become one of the people responsible for the provision of food in the country.
However, you must know that you can’t just import any foodstuff as there are rules and regulations set up by the American customs body. These laws ban some food items that shouldn’t be brought into the country.
As a newbie, you must be aware of these food items, else you may import these items out of ignorance, and this may bring an end to your importation business. Even if you’re already an established food importer, you have to be on the look for new laws as these laws change over time.
In this guide, you’ll learn about certain food items that are banned from entering the U.S, so you don’t get sanctioned by the government.
#1: Packaged and Baked Goods
This involves foods like cakes, granola bars, cookies, cereal, and dry beans. They are all examples of baked goods that are banned from entering into the US. Other packaged foods like Kinder Eggs and ramen or noodles with meat or egg in spice packets also suffer the same fate.
However, chocolates, candies, non-poultry canned foods are still admissible into the country.
#2: Plant and Seeds
While cut flowers are not admissible in the country, some plants and seeds do require permits. Flower seeds are noted by travelers to be okay and are admissible, but flowers that are dried, bleached, treated with chemicals are subjected to inspection before they are cleared.
Specific flower bulbs from Argentina, Africa, Italy, Portugal, etc. are other effectively prohibited
Almost all spices are allowed in the country, but it has been noted by travelers that curry leaves are banned. Other dried spices like lemongrass, orange, lime, lemon, and other citrus leaves as well as vegetable and fruit seeds are not allowed.
However, tamarind bean pods, comb honey, beebread, ketchup, mayo and other prepared sauces are allowed.
Whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic there are also restrictions on these beverages. While one liter of alcohol is permitted, it is believed it’s for personal use, but you’ll still be charged on it; customs duty and IRS taxes.
Beverages like absinthe are banned if they must be allowed, they have to be thujone-free and must not be branded. Canned juices or juice drinks are permissible as sealed powdered drinks with the ingredients listed on its packaging.