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#47833 - 07/09/07 10:10 AM Food Shopping -what to bring back?
joycenj Offline

Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 42
Does anyone know if there are there any restrictions on what foods I can travel back with from Spain to the US? wave

#47834 - 07/09/07 11:05 AM Re: Food Shopping -what to bring back?
MadridMan Offline

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Registered: 05/06/00
Posts: 9080
Loc: Madrid, Spain (was Columbus, O...
Hehehe... YES! AND A LOT OF THEM, I'm sorry to say.

Read over the U.S. Customs page on Prohibited and Restricted Items @

Canned goods are always allowed up to a point. I remember on one return-flight back to the USA I'd packed a suitcase nearly full of about 30 cans of anchovy-stuffed-green-olives and 20 bricks of Spanish coffee. I was in Spain-Heaven for about 3 months.

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#47835 - 07/16/07 08:25 AM Re: Food Shopping -what to bring back?
billy the man Offline
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Registered: 04/04/06
Posts: 373
Loc: Bolton England
when we went to florida,we took pre packed bacon in tightly sealed clear plastic, and when we got to customs we declared it to the officer, who promptly took it off us due to no food being allowed into the USA.
Seeing as it was nicely sealed and packaged, i assume he ate well at breakfast for a week!

#47836 - 07/16/07 11:50 AM Re: Food Shopping -what to bring back?
Rob in Madrid Offline
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Registered: 12/07/05
Posts: 270
Loc: Madrid
The Wife flew into the States a while back and alot of people got caught by the dog bringing fruit back. this was before collecting your bagage so I asume that the baggage gets scanned as well. I'd love to bring some chircio (spelling?) with me this fall when we fly home (to Canada)but I dont' think it would make it past customs. I'm temped to put in to checked baggage but on top where it's easy to remove it found, under the hope it may slip through.
Be Canadian Eh, that's for all you American out there:)

#47837 - 07/16/07 05:20 PM Re: Food Shopping -what to bring back?
Valenciano_en_Madrid Offline
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Registered: 02/27/07
Posts: 291
Loc: Majadahonda (Madrid)
Tim Hortons Man,

I didn't understand, you are from Frankfurt (Germany) but soon you will be in Madrid (not yet).

Then you said that your wife flew to the USA, but you want to take some CHORIZO?? to your home in CANADA?

Where are you from?

#47838 - 07/17/07 10:11 AM Re: Food Shopping -what to bring back?
laduque Offline
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Registered: 10/02/00
Posts: 596
Loc: San Diego, CA, USA
Jamon and any meat is definitely on the restricted list! I bring cheese (the 1 or 2 kilo wheel) back and never have had a problem. I also bring back dried beans (legumes) and canned tuna, olives, etc..., never a problem.
Good Luck, if your favorite food is restricted, chances are you can buy it online through this website, to the link of ....


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