I would like to bring a 3litres steel can of olive oil in a check in luggage. Is it allowed?

My concerns are:

  • it may look suspicious
  • it may leak due to pressure difference
  • someone may think of it as flammable

Looking for airline agnostic answer but this time flying Singapore Airlines from Sydney to Moscow.

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  • Will Moscow allow you to bring in food products? Having big metal containers in your luggage is sure to grab attention. I had problem in US with PopTarts (a baked breakfast food sold commercially in individual foil pouches) – cdkMoose Jun 14 '17 at 11:26
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    Different context (EU internal flights so regulations might be different) - I lived with some Greeks for a while in England and their family would fly with 3 litre olive oil in the checked luggage between the two countries when they visited (they wanted us to have 'the best'). Never heard of any leakages. – tea4two Jun 14 '17 at 13:38

Nothing in Singapore Airlines baggage regulations, or a random check of a few others, suggests that you cannot pack your olive oil. It's such a valuable commodity, I've done it myself. In a similar, smaller tin, and tripled wrapped in cling film in checked baggage, there were no leaks, or challenges in US customs, although it was declared as a perishable food product.

And nothing in the Russian Federal Customs Service information suggests that it is limited or prohibited. As a precaution, you would want to include it in your passenger customs declaration, as is generally expected when carrying food products.

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