[Homeroast] bringing green beans back

Allon Stern allon at radioactive.org
Fri Sep 17 05:55:27 CDT 2010

It shouldn't be a problem in the US, I don't think, unless you're going to Hawaii or Puerto Rico. They restrict the imports of greens, theoretically to protect their coffee agriculture from pests; greens can be imported, but require additional handling/procedures, including fumigation of the greens.

Again, this is only for Hawaii/Puerto Rico.

I think the best you can do is make sure you declare the green coffee at customs.

(from a gov't website) The civil penalty for failing to declare agricultural items at U.S. ports of entry will cost first time offenders $300. The penalty for the second violation goes up to $500. To avoid receiving a penalthy all agricultural items and present them to Customs and Border Protection for inspection so that an agriculture specialist can determine if it is admissible.

Here is a pamphlet that indicates who you might contact with questions:


"For more information on agricultural policy, please visit APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq or call 1-866- SAFGUARD."

The website fails, but you can get there with:


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