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Guidance to Travelers Bringing Agriculture Items When Returning From the Hajj

Release Date: 
October 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding travelers returning from the Hajj to declare all agricultural items from their baggage. Many items cannot be brought into the United States because they may carry animal and plant pests and diseases. Restricted items include meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, and products made from animal or plant materials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are partners in this effort to protect American agriculture against the introduction of foreign plant and animal pests and diseases at our nation's ports of entry. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) develops the policies that determine what agricultural products can come into the country and what products pose a risk and should be kept out. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at ports of entry enforce these agricultural policies. Confiscated items are destroyed under CBP supervision.

If travelers have any concerns resulting from the inspection at a port of entry, a CBP supervisor is always available to answer questions and address their concerns. As always, CBP is committed to treating all travelers, including travelers who may be returning from the Hajj with respect and dignity at all U.S. ports of entry.

The traveling public can learn more about prohibited fruits, vegetables, plant and animal products and other prohibited items by consulting the "Know Before You Go" guide or the list of top 10 travelers' tips at the Know Before You Go website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017