Banned Imports

Top 5 Items You Did Not Know Were Banned From Importing Into the USA

By | 2017-03-27T23:17:56+00:00 March 8th, 2017|U.S. Customs|

America is the land of freedom, but did you know there are a number of products that are banned from entering this great country? Here is a list of our top 5 items you did not know were banned from import.


Dog & Cat fur

Banned Imports
It is illegal in the United States to import, export, distribute, transport, manufacture or sell products containing dog or cat fur. As of November 9, 2000, the Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000 calls for the seizure and forfeiture of each item containing dog or cat fur. Fines reach as high as $10,000 USD.  Meow!  


Banned Import
The importation of absinthe is subject to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations (21 C.F.R. 172.510 and the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulations (27 C.F.R. Parts 13.51, 5.42(a), and 5.65. The absinthe content must be “thujone free” (that is, it must contain less than 10 parts per million of thujone); the term “absinthe” cannot be the brand name; the term “absinthe” cannot stand alone on the label; and the artwork and/or graphics cannot project images of hallucinogenic, psychotropic or mind-altering effects. Absinthe imported in violation of these regulations is subject to seizure.  

All products made from sea turtles

Whole sea turtle shells as well as jewelry made from turtle shells is banned from entering the United states. Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), more than 130 nations are now regulating international trade to prevent the decline of species threatened  

Unpasteurized Cheese

Unpasteurized Cheese
A good Sharp cheddar cheese can breeze through Customs, but an soft, gooey, unpasteurized stinky cheese like Valencay will never make it through, thanks to the ban on unpasteurized dairy products from overseas.  


Again, lots of agricultural products from lots of places are banned for import to the U.S., for all kinds of reasons–trade agreements, fear of disease, and, often, the effects bugs. Rice from a huge band of countries all along the Tropic of Cancer, from Morocco all the way to Bangladesh, is banned thanks to the Khapra beetle, a gross bug that eats through grain like piranha, and is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.   **Bonus**

Kinder Surprise

Kinder surprise eggs,  manufactured by Italian chocolate makers Ferrero has been banned in the USA since 1938 even though manufacturing of kinder surprise didn’t start until the 1970’s. The United states does not allow entry of candies embedded with toys for fear of chocking hazards