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Declaration of articles when entering the US

Declaration of items you bring with you to the United States

Upon entering the United States, you are required to declare the value of all items you bring with you including purchases purchased on your trip, gifts, inheritance, duty-free merchandise, items purchased for others, and items for business purposes. It is always recommended to keep the receipts of all your purchases in case they are required at customs.


Tax-free value of personal items 

When entering the US, customs allows you to bring up to a value of $800 dollars per person in articles for personal use, gifts and purchases made during your trip. The value of $800 dollars is cumulative per family. For example, for a family of three members, the tax-free value will be $2,400 dollars. Visit the Oficial Website
Declaration of articles when entering the US

The following items are allowed to enter with a limit of:

  • Up to two liters of liquor. (if you are of legal age)
  • Up to 100 cigarettes (if you are of legal age)
  • If the value of your items exceeds the maximum limits allowed, you will have to pay the taxes corresponding to the exceeded value.


Declaration of Agricultural Items

Upon entering the United States all agricultural products must be declared on their US Customs forms. Upon entering, agricultural inspectors. They will examine your items to ensure they meet entry requirements and do not harbor harmful foreign pests or diseases. Inspectors have the authority to decide if your products can enter the country.

If you declare all the produce you are bringing with you, you will not be penalized even if an inspector decides they cannot enter the country. Failure to declare food products can result in fines and penalties of up to $10,000.

We recommend that you keep the original receipts and packaging for produce as proof of your country of origin. Visit the official page about what food you can bring into the US for personal use.

The following products are generally supported

  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, Marmite and Vegemite and prepared sauces that do not contain meat products

  • Olive oil and other vegetable oils

  • Bread, cookies, crackers, cakes, granola bars, cereals and other baked and processed products

  • Candy and chocolate

  • Cheese – Solid cheeses that do not contain meat are permissible.

  • Purchased liquid milk and dairy products intended for infants or very young children are permissible if they are in reasonable or small amounts for several days.

  • Juices – Packaged commercially

  • Tee: commercially packaged and ready to boil, soak, or microwave in liquid. Coca, barberry and loose leaves of citrus spices prohibited:

  • most of dried spices are still allowed, except for the leaves and seeds of orange, lemon, lime and other citrus, lemongrass and many seeds of fruits and vegetables.

  • Noodles and ramen that do not have animal products in the ingredients.

  • Flour

  • Mushrooms: fresh, dry, above ground parts that are clean and free of soil

  • Nuts – Roasted

  • Bakery items, candy, chocolate, and dry mixes containing dairy and egg ingredients are generally acceptable commercially labeled and presented in the finished final packaging.

Declaration of articles when entering the US

Fruits y Vegetables

You can check if fruits and vegetables are allowed by checking the Don’t Pack A Pest All fruits and vegetables are subject to inspection. Fresh fruits and vegetables must be clean and may be prohibited if they have insects or diseases.

Allowed Articles

  • Aloe Vera – upper parts.
  • Coconuts – the shells of the coconuts must have been completely removed and cannot have sprouted.
  • peeled garlic cloves
  • Ginger- clean roots
  • San Juan bread pod
  • tamarind bean pod
  • Water chestnut- the nut only.

Animals Products

Meat, milk, eggs, poultry, and their products, including products made from these materials, are prohibited or restricted from entering the United States. For more information, visit the Don’t Don’t Pack A Pest. Pork and pork products are not admissible from Mexico, however a small well-done amount is allowed at the land border for personal use.

Important Notes

  • If you require the use of medicine when traveling. Bring the medicine in its original container and a copy of your prescription.
  • Money or monetary instruments valued at more than $10,000 must be reported.
  • For more information visit the US customs page.

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