I'm going to the US through SFO from Europe (Germany to France to US) and would like to bring loose teabags of British Yorkshire Tea. They are not packed like they were for sales, but rather in Tupperware because I buy them in big boxes. This might look a little suspicious I believe, and I don't want to get in trouble.

  • Re-package it in a bag labeled "Pipe Tobacco", and it should be permitted... (just make sure it's labeled with a country of origin other than Cuba) ;)
    – Flimzy
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 14:39
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    I've brought duffel bags of tea back with me from China (my wife's family has a tea farm). The tea was packaged into opaque bags about 8g each, for a total of about 5kg. I declared I had food and went through the serious scan, the person operating the scanner said that tea is not food and had no problems with it.
    – Phil
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 18:00
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    @200 this question is way older and has actually been mentioned on the other one as well. But the other one does have a more detailed answer, and even by Mr Lipton.
    – simbabque
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 19:42

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Depends on the tea, check the US Customs and Border Protection's help page. Seems forbidden if the tea contains fruit or vegetable leaves or seeds, including citrus leaves or seeds. But otherwise okay for personal use. But you might want to double check.

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    "Tea- commercially packaged and ready to be boiled, steeped or microwaved in liquid." is listed under the things generally admissible. Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 14:16
  • Loose leaf tea is prohibited. Packaged tea bags should be fine, as per this document Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 14:36
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    That document says loose citrus leaves are prohibited. Loose leaf tea (in a package) is acceptable. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:03

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