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coca tea and coca leaves, can you take them back with you

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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

i was wondering if i would be able to take a box or coca leaves back to the us with me. is it legal or will i be stoped at customs?

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Sadly, no You'll be stopped. Mine were wrenched from me just crossing the border into Chile.

3. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

You cant take the coca leaves with you but you can take the coca tea as long as it´s the manufactured type one, not the plastic bag sold to the weight.
Flo

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

It totally seems to depend on the customs official on duty whether you can or cannot import manufactured coca tea; some let you take it, others make a fuss. Leaves will no doubt land you in trouble, though, or at least serious burocracy.

5. Posted by marcelkers (Budding Member 45 posts) 10y

officially you can't even take any kind of leaves. No plant or animal products allowed at all.