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Bringing Food and Wine Home

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1. Posted by Loisp (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

I'll be visiting Italy later this year and I'd like to bring home some wine and cheese. does anyone know the rules and regulations of Italy and the US about bringing home such items? Thanks.

2. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I brought 4 bottles of wine back to Miami from Italy in January.

I packaged and wrapped them very well and put them in my checked luggage, when I arrived home in the US they were still in my bag....

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I don't know about the cheese - will it even keep? You'll have to fill out a form when you return stating what food you're bringing back. They can confiscate the cheese if it's on the no-no list. Best to check your government's regulations (or take your chances!).

For the wine, be sure to pack it in your checked luggage. There's also a limit on hiw much booze you can take back without paying duty, but most people manage to sneak in a little more.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Diary produce is usually on the list of what you cannot bring home but as for wine apart from your countries customs & excise regulations and laws you should be able to bring some home - as Tina said l would put it in checked luggage though as there are security restrictions on liquids too!

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 9y

Check out the US Customs website to see what you can take back into the country. I just had a very quick look, and in the list of prohibited items, it seems that some cheeses are ok to take back. You'll need to check it out properly though!

6. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y

I'm sure the Italians will let you take anything out. But will the Americans let you take anything in?

A friend of mine visited America on holiday and still had an apple left over from the flight when she landed. They frog-marched her off to give her the third degree "for importing fresh fruit".

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting LittleHote

I'm sure the Italians will let you take anything out. But will the Americans let you take anything in?

You can buy Italian cheese from the duty-free shop at the airport in Rome (from the fridge and all). I'm not sure that any country will actually let you import it, though. Strange...