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Restrictions on fresh fruit into Scotland?

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1. Posted by optiker (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

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My wife and daughters are visiting Scotland in a couple of weeks. they're staying in a cottage for most of the time they are there. The hostess has been so friendly and gracious throughout the series of e-mails in making arrangements, etc. that my wife would like to take a hospitality gift for her.

Here in our part of Washington State in the US, the cherry crop is running very early, at record pace and the cherries are expected to be of excellent quality. I had suggested that if they are ready by that time, she take a few pounds of cherries for her hostess, packed to be well padded and insulated in her suitcase, or in her carry-on. These would be from a commercial grower - an orchardist friend - not home-grown.

Are there any restrictions regarding taking small, personal-use quantities of not-for-sale fresh fruit into Scotland? If there are resrictions, is there a quantity that it is permitted, and if so, what are the relevant rules?

Here in the US, we've had to either eat or otherwise get rid of some fresh fruits at the border going into California at times in the past. They do that to protect against any insect or plant disease threat to their own fruit industry from coming into the state, but I don't know what might apply in Scotland.

Thanks for any assistance!

Chuck
WA/USA

2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

i dont think theres any restrictions on bringing food or drink into scotland.
take them whisky and your a friend for life.

3. Posted by leanneh (Budding Member 59 posts) 11y

Hi

I'm not aware of any such restrictions so i think you should be fine. We don't all drink whisky though! Hope they have a great time in Scotland! we have even had some good weather recently so hopefully it will be like that when they arrive.

Leanne

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y

Under the current Customs and Excise legislation, you can bring up to 2kg of cherries into the UK from the USA. However, they have to be checked at Customs upon entry into the UK; if there's any sign of pests or infestation, they'll be taken away and destroyed, but with no further penalty. And of course they can only be for personal consumption, not for commercial use.

Hope this helps.

Best regards, Mike

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting leanneh

Hi

I'm not aware of any such restrictions so i think you should be fine. We don't all drink whisky though! Hope they have a great time in Scotland! we have even had some good weather recently so hopefully it will be like that when they arrive.

Leanne

all my scottish mates never turn the whisky down

6. Posted by optiker (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

All...

Thanks very much for your reply...especially Mikey, as he provided the most detailed information. 2 kg is the most we'd expect to take, so that works fine, and since these are from a trusted commercial grower, it's very unlikely there would be a problem with any kind of infestation. Now if the customs folks have an overwhelming hunger for fresh cherries... ;)

I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful vacation for my wife and daughters.

Incidentally, it's also nice to hear that all Scots do not drink whiskey! Never touch the stuff myself, but I did tell my wife that if she felt obligated to bring home a very small sample, I could at least honor that famouns product of Scotland by having a sip!

Thanks again for your help.

Optiker

7. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

Where about in Scotland are they going to?

8. Posted by optiker (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Flying into Glasgow, spending a week in the Brechin area, taking day trips here and there, then back for the last couple of days closer to Glasgow.

Optiker