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.


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.


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