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I have made all my own dried food ie. soups, chilli, tofu jerky. We were supposed to go to Jasper for a 7 day hiking trip but due to fires we are now going to Yellowstone.

Can I bring my dried foods?

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    From where to where? Which border?
    – JoErNanO
    Jul 23 '15 at 9:53
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    Presumably from Canada to the USA.
    – gerrit
    Jul 23 '15 at 10:00
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From context, I assume you mean Canada to USA. If this is correct, the answer is yes, you can, at least if you're crossing overland.

I have gone hiking in the USA before, while living in Canada. I drove a car over the border between Ontario and New York (state). Due to my Dutch passport I had to enter the tiny border crossing office and I was interrogated by the border officer. Among other things, he asked what I was bringing, and I made a detailed description; it included dried food. This was no problem at all.

It may be different if you fly.

Full details are available at CBPs page on bringing food into the U.S. for personal use.

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  • A Canadian or US citizen making this crossing would not usually need to go into the office, but this page from US customs says that they should declare the "agricultural products." In all likelihood they will have a similar experience to yours, but it may be better to be safe than sorry. ...
    – phoog
    Jul 23 '15 at 16:14
  • ... I have declared foods in the past (at airports, arriving from Western Europe) and also that I had been in close proximity to livestock (during a bike tour in the province of North Holland) and in all cases have been admitted without any further inspection.
    – phoog
    Jul 23 '15 at 16:14

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