I am moving back to the USA after a few decades living and working abroad. I have a question about shipping my kitchen stuff. Am I permitted to ship my kitchen spices? I have googled this and not found a definitive answer.
I wonder if the shipping company will allow it, if US customs will allow it, and if the US food/agricultural rules allow it.
Here's my doubt area and the reason for the thread. I made a shipment of personal effects to the USA about two months ago. By mistake I checked a wrong box on one of the forms. I believe I indicated by this erroneous check that I was "importing goods" into the USA and that the contents of the suitcase were not personal effects.
Well, in the case of importing goods, one of the items I had shipped, a pair of sunglasses, has to pass a special test for shatterproof glass or something like that. If it's a personal effect, no problem.
My son, whom I shipped to, called customs in New Jersey and cleared up the mistake. But from what I understand, the whole shipment was held up, due to this error.
I do not want to include any dodgy item (a kitchen spice for example), which could hold up the whole shipment. I have no idea what happens in the situation where there is one "prohibited" item. I mean, yeah, ok, remove the offending item and throw it away, fine. But I'm not sure if it works that way.