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Report on bringing cheese back with Global Entry [moved to Cheese category]


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Report on bringing cheese back with Global Entry [moved to Cheese category]

RandyB | Dec 13, 2012 02:11 PM

I know this has been talked about before, but here is a report less than 2 hours old from Seattle Int'l Airport.

In the past, as advised by USDA in Chicago, I had checked "No" where it asks if you are bringing food. The USDA supervisor said that was the correct response where what I was bringing in is clearly permitted. That is, chocolate, cheese, and jam.

Nonetheless, a few commenters here got me to try checking "Yes" today. This resulted in a Global Entry ticket with a big X and "Check with passport control." I hoped this did not mean go to the back of the very long, regular Customs line. It did not.

Ten feet from the kiosks were the Customs agents for crew members. I just went up to one of them. She called USDA on speakerphone and asked me to state what I was bringing in from France. I replied: "Chocolate, cheese, jam, and cookies." She asked about meats and I said: "No, I know what products are restricted and have none of them." She said fine, stamped my Global Entry ticket, and I was on my way. I picked up my bags and went out the Global Entry exit from the baggage area.

There were no USDA people in sight, so I did not get to ask which was the correct way to do it. Nor can I see if all other airports are as easy with a food declaration as Seattle.

Incidentally, I brought back a Mont d'Or, a reblochon, a Camembert, a Petit Fiancé des Pyranées, and another semi-soft chêvre recommended by the people at Alléosse. All raw milk cheeses not available here. My favorite chêvre to bring back, the Cabri Ariègois, has not been available since early November.

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