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patfromLA Jan 11th, 2006 01:30 PM

Pistachios and Customs
Can anyone tell me if the US Dept of Agriculture is currently allowing people to bring fresh pistachios into the US ? Port of entry is LAX and the pistachios will be loose (not in a jar).

jlm_mi Jan 11th, 2006 02:44 PM

If we answered you here, would you take it as fact? If so, bad idea! :)

Take a look at the US Customs website. I've seen a list there of allowable items, and that will answer your question definitively, rather than what someone on the internet <b><i>thinks</i></b> is true. :)

MichelleY Jan 11th, 2006 02:51 PM

Dear pat:

I would say no. USDA doesn't allow any agricultural products, particularly if they are not processed or packaged. Do check out their website for sure.


ChristieP Jan 11th, 2006 02:53 PM

Basically, you'll need to declare the nuts and let the inspector decide whether to allow them in or not.

Orcas Jan 11th, 2006 03:10 PM

Read that customs website. I find it amusing that they express concern about BSE entering the country through contaminated beef. I'll have to ruminate on that one for awhile.

patfromLA Jan 12th, 2006 04:29 PM

Of course I checked the Dept of Agriculture and Customs and Border Protection sites - both were frustratingly undhelpful. I thought a first hand answer from someone who either brought in pistachios (after declaring them) or was denied bringing them in by the inspecting officer, would be a quicker way to get an answer. As an australian, I'm all for checking incoming products - I just wish there was a better &quot;customer service&quot; available from the departments involved.
Thanks to all who replied.

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