Forbidden | U.S. Customs | Gifts
fresh fruit, vegetables and meats from overseas are not
allowed into the U.S. Nor are products made from
endangered animal or plant species.
Visitors who have
been abroad at least 48 hours, and have not made a claim
for exemption in the past 30 days, can return home with
$400 per person in purchases without paying any duty. One
liter of alcohol, and 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars (per
resident 21 years or older) are allowed in duty-free.
$1,000 worth above the base sum is subject to a straight
10-percent levy. After that, the levies vary according to
the article. Articles at least 100 years old and original
works of art may be exempt.
complete record of your purchases (with receipts
attached) and have it accessible.
complete details, obtain a copy of Know Before You Go
from U.S. Customs.
Gifts From Abroad:
A gift mailed from
abroad, if less than $100 in value, is exempt from duty
if the same person does not receive more than $100 in
gift shipments in a single day. However, there is no
limit on the number of persons to whom gifts may be sent
in a day, or on the number of days in which additional
gifts can be sent to the same person.