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Old 08-15-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what foods you are not allowed to have in your motorhome when crossing the border.

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Old 08-15-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Each direction is different. On our last trip, we're from Ontario as well, we called U.S. Customs at the border crossing we'd be using and asked ahead of time. Citrus is always a concern when heading south. Ontario meats for the grill weren't a problem when we went. I think they raised an issue with some meats from Quebec but that didn't affect us. It's always evolving so best to call ahead to know for sure. Just this morning there was reference to a U.S. recall of Canadian bacon because of fears of listeria.

Also, might want to leave your Canadian firewood at home and buy when you arrive at the park. U.S. Customs is consistently checking for firewood when crossing.


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Old 08-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #3
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they ask us about meats fruits and vegetables.. am i leaving anything in the united states.. how long you going to be down for.. do you own the vehicle.. when was the last time you were down.. think that is about it.

also if you are traveling with someone that has not been in the usa before.. prepare to spend an hour getting interrogated and vehicle searched.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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Potatoes and citrus fruit will not be allowed in or out of either country. You also have to be concerned about dog food as some with meat products are not allowed.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:44 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by evegordon View Post
Does anyone know what foods you are not allowed to have in your motorhome when crossing the border.
The Canadian Border Services Agency and the US counterpart websites both either list or have links to the current regulations. Google can find them for you in no time .

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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Each time you go through customs from either direction, the rules can change. In general meats, friuts, and vegetables are the problem items. Also never carry handguns across the border. We have found that each border crossing seems to be a little bit different. At the Peace Bridge here in Buffalo the hassles are there, but less than what I have encountered crossing at Port Huron, MI/Sarnia, Ont. We recently crossed at the beginning of I-95 at the New Brunswick/Maine border and we just showed our passports and that was it. He didn't even ask for the kids to stick their heads out so he could see them. We've had it from that mild extreme all the way to, "Turn the RV off, hand me the keys and unlock the door so I can come inside." You may not get hassled with the meat/fruit/veggies, but best bet is to be safe rather than sorry.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #8
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We came down from Vancouver and US agriculture took our citrus, potatoes, avocado and apples. The avocado was of unmarked origin and the apples were from New-Zealand. BTW, they mentioned that even though some fruit was brought over with us from the US they treat it as foreign anyway.

Also interesting is that when passing through agriculture going from Oregon to CA, they quarantined cherries as they apparently currently have some issue they are trying to contain.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:24 AM   #9
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California will take any fruit or vegatables, even plants
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:39 AM   #10
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Actually they let most of our fruit and veggies in, except the cherries. The lady was scrutinizing all of them, pointing out where there were dead insects/parasites from already treated fruits etc. Kinda put me off of eating them though..

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