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A friend of mine asked me to collect some soil samples abroad and bring them to Switzerland, she collects them as a hobby. Will I run into problems when bringing these through customs (both out of the country and into Switzerland)?

I am mainly interested in Cuba and the United States, however I am also interested in other countries regulations.

Additional info: I am talking about a handful of soil each for a couple of different locations.

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To bring soil into the USA you need an APHIS permit. While perhaps you could apply for a permit, there are attached rules requiring treatment of that soil to assure no pests enter the USA. So from a practical point of view, the answer would be no.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/955/kw/soil%20samples/session/L3RpbWUvMTQ2MjMzNjk5Ny9zaWQvKm5qVy1DUG0%3D/suggested/1

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