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Bringing sun dried tomatoes into US

We are in Turkey and will fly out soon. Does anyone have experience with a sealed clear plastic container of olive oil drenched sun dried tomatoes and US customs? Wayne iNISTANBUL

Posted by
25763 posts

Dunno how the Ag feels about that product but of course you will have to put it in checked luggage or your 3-1-1 bag if it is small enough and you have enough room in your 3-1-1.

Posted by
4546 posts

According to the CBP website, you can bring Canned goods and goods in vacuum packed jars (other than those containing meat or poultry products) for your personal use Dried Fruit- things like apricots, barberry, currants, dates, figs, gooseberries, peaches, prunes, raisins, tomatillos, and zereshk Olive oil and other vegetable oils Are they in a sealed jar? If so, you've got tomatoes (a dried fruit) packed in olive oil in a vacuum packed jar. Applying their rules I would think you'd be ok. However, who knows if CBP will apply that same logic. You do have to de-clare it. Here is the fact sheet if you want to read through it Travelers Bringing Food into U.S.

Posted by
2862 posts

Assuming Laura's information is accurate, just don't attempt to bring anything in a jar on the plane. I was given a large jar of capers and it was confiscated before I got out of the country. Pack it in the luggage you're checking. If you don't have any you should buy a small, inexpensive duffle and pack it with some of your clothes around any jar or other container so you can safely check it.

Posted by
2081 posts

hi, what you could do is to just buy them and bring them back and take a chance. worse case, you loose them. happy trails.

Posted by
11613 posts

Can you ship them from Turkey, or find out if the item is available for online purchase once you get back?

Posted by
821 posts

Thanks everyone. Home now and will have pasta with sun dried tomatoes for supper.
wayne iNWI