Conditions for Importation of Agricultural Commodities into the USA

The Department of Agriculture in St. Kitts has therefore issued a public statement advising the general public here of the guidelines for the movement of Agricultural Commodities into US territories (mainland USA, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and USVI).

Some items can move unrestricted, others must follow strict protocols and others are not allowed at all. Agricultural goods prohibited from entering the USA include fresh fruits, live insects, snails, plants in soil, soil itself, fresh vegetables, cactus, sweet potato cuttings, sugar cane cuttings and seed cotton. This list is subject to change by the US Authorities.

All persons travelling with or sending unprocessed agricultural goods to the USA must first obtain a valid phytosanitary certificate from the Department of Agriculture and import license from the USA and declare the items on arrival.

Travellers and shippers are encouraged to contact the Department of Agriculture for verification and proper documentation of agricultural commodities to avoid delays, confiscation and/ or fines.

Failure to comply with approved guidelines jeopardizes future movement of these commodities into US territories, said the statement.


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