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Old 01-12-2016, 09:53 AM   #21
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Lately they have been confiscating eggs, chicken and berries from California when you return to Canada.
It changes day by day and there are often slight changes, hard to keep up.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:04 AM   #22
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The two questions I am always asked: Going North: Do I have any means of self protection? (It was actually phrased that way once.) Going South: Do I have any firewood?
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:06 PM   #23
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I just happen to have the pamphlet "Bringing agriculture products to the united states from Canada" in my Escape Binder beside my desk.

I can't emphasize enough that you really have to go to the source of the info and look at it. It's really not that simple, especially if you don't know about green Allium vegetables or how to deal with bulb garlic, if it was I'd summarize it,

It's all spelled out by category; fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seeds, firewood, meats etc. So much easier to glance at the list than to speculate and have to deal with it at the border.

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Old 01-12-2016, 12:10 PM   #24
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My favorite was being asked to turn in a couple of packages of fresh blueberries when heading to the Escape Appreciation Rally 2 years ago. Bought the blueberries in Washington state - they were grown in Canada.

I have crossed the border many times in both the East & West, and in a couple of cases I mentioned I had 1 of the food items they don't allow & they waved me through.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:57 PM   #25
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I just happen to have the pamphlet "Bringing agriculture products to the united states from Canada" in my Escape Binder beside my desk.

I can't emphasize enough that you really have to go to the source of the info and look at it. It's really not that simple, especially if you don't know about green Allium vegetables or how to deal with bulb garlic, if it was I'd summarize it,

It's all spelled out by category; fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seeds, firewood, meats etc. So much easier to glance at the list than to speculate and have to deal with it at the border.

Ron
and the pamphlet is good to have to ensure that you are following the regulations what you may have is ok in case the guard says otherwise.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:29 PM   #26
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and the pamphlet is good to have to ensure that you are following the regulations what you may have is ok in case the guard says otherwise.
Yup, except the other side of that is the pamphlet is frozen in time and may not reflect the current situation. A really good guide but the best thing to do is check the websites for the respective countries. For example we had to chuck some eggs last summer even though the pamphlet still said that they're OK.

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Old 01-12-2016, 01:51 PM   #27
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You could, on the other hand, have the experience we had last time we crossed:
Them: Good morning. Where are you going?
Me: "We're going to Chilliwack for the day to visit a trailer mfr."
Them, looking at the camping gear in the back of the vehicle.
"Oh, you're going to get your new Escape trailer!!! Have a great time!" Then, with a broad smile they wave us through!
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:33 PM   #28
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I agree that authoritative sources are better than depending on anecdotal reports, but the final authority is the border agent. Answer their questions, tell them honestly what you have, and you won't have any problems with food. It anything you have is not allowed, they'll just dispose of it - the agent won't be upset about it.

To help understanding of why specific items are not allowed - and not to as a way to determine what you can carry - the general idea is to protect the destination country. If a country grows apples, the border will likely be closed to apples so that they don't bring in bugs which may damage the local apple crop. Using an earlier example, I don't think there are bananas grown in the continental U.S., so there's no risk to U.S. agriculture of bringing in bananas.

The other reasons for restrictions on any item - which can include food products - are economic. The many factors involved in rules driven by economics.
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Thanks everyone. I went to the site and it looks like meat and fish is okay, but as several people pointed out, things change so I'll check it when it's appropriate. I just don't want to spend a lot of money on provisions and have to throw them out.
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We were specifically asked about meat but did not have any so don't know what they were looking for exactly.
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