How do you cross the Canadian border into the USA with food?


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As of 2015, there are restrictions on certain types of food that may be brought across the Canadian border into the United States, however prepared foods for personal consumption are generally allowed, according to EZBorderCrossing. All vegetables, fruits and plants must be declared and inspected. Meats are strictly prohibited.

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The United States also has restrictions limiting the quantity of certain commercial imports, such as apples, peaches and other fruits, according to Go Northwest! While not all vegetables, fruit and plants are restricted, there may be permits required to transport them across the U.S. border. Current, updated lists of items requiring permits are available on the United States Department of Agriculture website.

Food regulations depend on a number of factors, such as type of food, its quantity and packaging, its origin, and the destination of the traveler upon entering the United States, explains EZBorderCrossing. Fines for bringing restricted items across the border range from $100 to $50,000, as of 2015.

Regulations are put in place to address public health and safety concerns, and prevent the transport of insects or disease through food items, Go Northwest! explains. Restrictions change regularly, and agricultural alerts often affect the importation regulations of certain produce items. One should always declare all food items and be prepared to answer questions regarding the origin and purpose of the items.

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