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Topic: bringing green beans back (7 msgs / 157 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
I will be in Australia in a few weeks.  Friends of friends have a coffee farm there and they will probably give me some green beans to take home.  I happened to be at the airport yesterday and asked a customs guy if I could bring raw coffee beans in, but he didn't seem to know.  Has anyone had experience legally bringing green beans in from Australia or anywhere else?
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2) From: Joseph Robertson
I have not heard of an issue of greens being hand carried or luggage packed
by a traveler. As long as your not smoking them you should not have an issue
with customs.
Better give them a call to be sure though.
Don't trust a list of rebels who carry them back to the US with out asking
like me.
My partner carried 3000.00 USD worth of essential oils into this country
from the factory in Egypt. She had trouble in every airport and customs
until they determined what they were. The bottles were marked but who is
going to trust 8 large bottles of liquid from Egypt with markings like
Amber, Musk, Myrrh. Yes they will show up in the xray but as soon as they
see what you have, plus all your usual coffee making tools I think you will
get in no problem.
Forget everything I just said a German friend just came into my shop and
said they have to clear the Dept. of Agriculture. So make the necessary
calls first. I have not had much good experience with Aussy coffee. Too low
in elevation to produce the kind of coffees Tom provides us with. Oh boy I
left myself open for a good flaming. I deserve it. ;^)
The Aussy's I met  who own cafe's in the country were trying to fiqure out
how to import coffee's from other regions in the world. I didn't bother
asking why at the time.
Have a great trip Zara. All that said I wish I was going too so I could
visit my roaster friends.
Joseph
On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Zara Haimo  wrote:
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3) From: Zara Haimo
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I won't smoke them until I get them home and take them into 3rd crack :-).
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That's why I asked at the airport today.  They didn't seem to know what was 
permitted or not, so I may just get a random result.
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Tom actually had some very good Auzzie beans a few years ago, but not from 
the farm I'll be visiting.  I doubt if the greens I'll get will be amazing, 
but hope I can take them through without problems as they'll make a fun 
souvenir.
Thanks for the helpful info Joseph!
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4) From: Hugh F
I think Australian Mountain Top beans are very good and I always buy a pound if I see them on SM, definitely one of my favourites.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.islands.australia.phpshows them as out of stock since 2009 unfortunately.
If Joe R was thinking of Australian **Skyberry** beans (never stocked by SM I think), then yes I thought these were pretty underwhelming.
These are the only two Australian coffee beans I have seen.
Cheers,
Hugh
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5) From: Allon Stern
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 t=
o protect their coffee agriculture from pests; greens can be imported, but =
require additional handling/procedures, including fumigation of the greens.http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/ea/downloads/unroasted-coffee.pdfAgain, this is only for Hawaii/Puerto Rico.
I think the best you can do is make sure you declare the green coffee at cu=
stoms.
(from a gov't website) The civil penalty for failing to declare agricultura=
l items at U.S. ports of entry will cost first time offenders $300. The pen=
alty for the second violation goes up to $500. To avoid receiving a penalth=
y all agricultural items and present them to Customs and Border Protection =
for inspection so that an agriculture specialist can determine if it is adm=
issible.
Here is a pamphlet that indicates who you might contact with questions:http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/port_activities/agro_in=spection/notice_travelers.ctt/notice_travelers.pdf
"For more information on agricultural policy, please visit APHIS’ Plant P=
rotection and Quarantine (PPQ) Web site athttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppqor=
 call 1-866- SAFGUARD."
The website fails, but you can get there with:http://www.aphis.usda.gov/index.shtmlEnjoy.
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allon
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6) From: Starfinder Stanley
It won't be a problem.  I have carried green coffee back from Australia to
california plenty of times (my father grows his own on the continental
dividing range in queensland); you simply need to show them to the APHIS
folks at customs, and they might look them over to make sure they're not
buggy.  To carry green coffee INTO australia is another matter altogether;
you need an import license, which is a few hundred bucks, and generally not
worth it unless you are actually importing.
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7) From: g paris
my sister brings me green beans from all over the world and simply tosses
them in one of the bags to check.
she has never had an issue. most of the local yokel airport folks do not
know either since it is not a fruit, nut or other listed item.
I say toss them in your suitcase an roll on...
ginny
On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Zara Haimo  wrote:
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