US Customs Regulations
Rules are subject to change. Always check before leaving for the US.
- You may bring no more than one liter of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine or liquor) free of duty. You must be over 21 years of age to bring alcohol.
- Do not bring fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, rice, other agricultural products. Restrictions are in place on most of them. They will be forfeited.
Prepared foods that are unopened and commercially labeled are usually admissible. But not meats and meat products either dried or canned, or products that contain meat or are prepared with raw eggs.
Condiments, vinegars, oils, packaged spices, flour, honey, coffee, tea, candy, chocolate, juices, bakery items, baked and processed products, hard cheeses, baby formula, are as a general rule permitted.
Only bring quantities for personal use.
Failure to declare food products can result in fines and penalties (up to $10,000).
- A non-resident may bring gifts totaling $100 duty free. Gift items over that amount will be dutiable. This usually amounts to 3% of the value.
Do not bring as a gift a plant or seeds.
- Prescription medications should be in the original packaging with the doctor’s name and prescription number printed the label. Travel with no more than a 90 day supply. If your medications or devices are not in their original containers, you must have a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor.
If you are traveling with medical devices such as needles or oxygen, bring a copy of the doctor’s prescription for those items with you
- If you bring in $10,000 or more, you must file a report with US Customs. Failure to declare currency can result in forfeiture.
Tobacco / Snuff (“Snus”)
- You are permitted to bring duty free 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes (one carton) or one roll (“stock”) of snuff.
Professional Equipment/Tools of Trade
- You can usually bring in professional equipment or tools of trade if they are for personal use.