Transporting Fruit Between States

Jul 21st, 2008, 08:11 AM
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Transporting Fruit Between States

We will be flying from Florida to California to visit family and have been asked to take some fruit from our tree for a homesick relative. Are there any laws restricting this. I know there are laws with Hawaii in which they don't allow this, but I am not sure how it works in the continental U.S.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 08:33 AM
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If you're driving into California you may encounter a "bug station" where agricultural authorities check for illicit produce.

I've never heard of anyone's checked baggage on airlines being checked for fruit however. I don't know if you'd be allowed to take it into the cabin with you; I suspect not.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 08:47 AM
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Last August I brought a bag of grapes into the Alaska Airlines cabin from SEA to SJC. I was pretty sure they wouldn't allow them through security, but there was no problem.

As far as driving ... I know the agricultural check-point between the Oregon and California border on I-5 is no longer in operation for personal automobiles (not sure about commercial trucks), so maybe there's not a big issue bringing fruit & veggies into the state for personal consumption.

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Jul 21st, 2008, 09:26 AM
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Citrus is prohibited from all states except AZ.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 09:42 AM
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It's not enforced for passengers flying from another state, and is basically unenforceable.
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Jul 22nd, 2008, 04:07 AM
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Transport of citrus from Florida to California is also prohibited by Federal law (7 CFR 301.75). Summary at

Florida does enforce the law on a somewhat random and sporadic basis.
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Jul 22nd, 2008, 09:50 AM
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What sort of fruit can you grow in FL that we don't have in CA? Maybe if it is a specific variety it -

But in general - no, there are MANY fruits you cannot take into CA. If you try to sneak it in and are caught it will be a real hassle - the fruit will be confiscated and your luggage thoroughly searched. Penalties are also possible depending on several factors. All these folks who pooh pooh "it's no big deal" - it is a VERY big deal.

We are very lucky that many of the pests and diseases in other parts of the country have not devastated our crops - YET.

What sort of fruit are you talking about? Check the CA Department of Ag website to see if it is allowed.
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Jul 22nd, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Interesting janis. Please tell us where to find this info. I appreciate the need to protect crops - that makes a lot of sense.

I've been flying into CA 6-10 times a year for ages and have never once been told about any restrictions or asked in any way what I was carrying. I'd have thought the airline or some official would have at least once mentioned this non-allowed policy.

Are there ag police at airports checking? How do they do it?
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Jul 22nd, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Thanks janisj. Interesting info. Never heard or seen any of this in 20+ yrs of flying into California. It's a shame the State of California does nothing to inform the traveling public of such restrictions.

I wonder if they really ever do anything or even care, or if it's up to private citizens such as yourself to spread the official state info.
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