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Caught with undeclared goods/food/fruit. Will Global Entry/NEXUS be revoked?

Old Feb 10, 2014, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by janetdoe
Yes, some airports have that setup, i.e. you have to pass through the 'sterile' part of the airport to get to the exit, so they attempt to make you go through normal security screening.

There are some reports that liquids have been confiscated. But you can always refuse the screening, just say, "I choose not to go through the screening. I don't want to fly today." Eventually someone will escort you to the exit of the airport. They can't force you to go through screening if you don't have any onward flights. Stand your ground and eventually you will get to a supervisor or 'suit' who realizes that.
That must create a mess though, if everybody who wants to keep their duty free has to go through such a standoff with the TSA...
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by TravellingSalesman
That must create a mess though, if everybody who wants to keep their duty free has to go through such a standoff with the TSA...
The normal solution is to put your duty free into your checked bag before you place it back on the belt to go to the landside collection point.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 6:00 am
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Originally Posted by fdflys
I'm freaking out reading this. I always have food with me (snacks & sugar packets . . . not fruit, though) I'm about to use my ge for the first time next month and will return from hkg to ewr. I only do carry on - is this extreme behavior reserved for checked bags, for travel to Canada ????? What about coffee packets and tea bags?
These restrictions apply to anything you bring into the country - on your person, in your mouth, in your carry-ons or checked bags. On the GE kiosk, the question about food has recently been changed, so read carefully. For a while, it appeared to exclude things like mints and chocolate and candy. It is now much broader and refers to any sort of food. Some agents define 'food' as 'anything you put in your mouth'.

It's nothing to stress about. When in doubt, declare it. Much better to risk a grumpy agent who thinks you are being overly cautious (I have had one ask me why I was wasting his time) than to encounter an agent who takes an aggressively hard line approach. That can cost you $$ and loss of privileges (GE, NEXUS).

Someone has posted elsewhere on this forum that tea bags have been questioned, probably in part because they can also be seen as agricultural matter.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by fdflys
I'm freaking out reading this. I always have food with me (snacks & sugar packets . . . not fruit, though) I'm about to use my ge for the first time next month and will return from hkg to ewr. I only do carry on - is this extreme behavior reserved for checked bags, for travel to Canada ????? What about coffee packets and tea bags?
You are better off declaring it. I had a similar situation like OP and my bags had to be scanned by agriculture. Nothing was found and I went through it, only 15 minute delay. Since them, I declare everything, and when the inspector asked, I answer truthfully, usually I'm bringing back chocolates, candy, crackers, etc. they sign me off with no need for agriculture check. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 11:48 am
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Just came back into the country with some baby food and a few seashells from the beach. GE printed out the circle, agent at customs exit asked what I had, and then waved us on. Total additional time: 30 seconds.

In the past, they've run bags through the x-ray when I've declared basic food items, but as of yet, they haven't opened them or seemed to care all that much.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 11:59 am
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I come through YVR from the US regularly. I always have some food; a granola bar, tea bags, some cheese I bought in Seattle. I always say 'yes' to food at the kiosk and the reaction has varied. Sometimes I get waved right through at the exit, sometimes I get taken to secondary by the agent who tells the secondary screeners that I just have cheese or whatever and they say to let me go or I get the full-on secondary screening. Whatever the case, I will always say 'yes' to food as my Nexus/GE is way too important lose. The extra few minutes is nothing compared to the time it has saved me overall. They can be quite strict in YVR so always say 'yes'.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Finkface
I come through YVR from the US regularly. I always have some food; a granola bar, tea bags, some cheese I bought in Seattle. I always say 'yes' to food at the kiosk and the reaction has varied. Sometimes I get waved right through at the exit, sometimes I get taken to secondary by the agent who tells the secondary screeners that I just have cheese or whatever and they say to let me go or I get the full-on secondary screening. Whatever the case, I will always say 'yes' to food as my Nexus/GE is way too important lose. The extra few minutes is nothing compared to the time it has saved me overall. They can be quite strict in YVR so always say 'yes'.
I had a lot of EU- or US-sourced food products on a recent trip to the US and declared all that I had also in terms of food -- including processed nuts, dried fruits and dairy products -- and got the X I was expecting on the APC kiosks as a result of my declaration of food and dairy on return to the US. Then I got a 310N write up on the slip from the staffed desk. I did the declarations assuming I would get sent to Ag inspection after the baggage claim. However, given with whom I was traveling into the US, the post-baggage-claim CBP agent just looked at me with a sort of perplexed look when I started listing all the foodstuff verbally and seemed to want me out of there fast rather than hear anything more out of my mouth which spouted out everything. [The beagle at the baggage belt didn't alarm on the food in the cabin bag which had the products of concern to me that I had declared during the kiosk use, declared with the staffed desk CBP employee and declared with the post-baggage-claim CBP employee.]

The secondary inspection area had a huge backlog of people -- seemed to be a bunch of people from Somalia or elsewhere around/near the Horn of Africa from what I could tell -- so perhaps CBP had bigger fish in the sea to catch than send us all over too. We had plenty of time, but were out of there in near record time and I couldn't even manage to get us all sent for an Ag inspection.
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 7:37 pm
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Forgot to declare banana in carry-on

I just got caught by one of the beagles while waiting for my checked bag to come out. Accidentally left a banana in my carry-on. The woman with the dog said it doesn't matter that it was an accident--the fact that I didn't declare it at the Global Entry kiosk warranted a $500 fine. She also said that it means my GE access is revoked and now I have a customs violation on my record so likely will be rejected if I ever apply again.

Worst mistake ever.

Anyone have any experience with this? I paid the fine on the spot so I'm not sure if that means I can no longer protest it.
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 9:46 pm
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This must be a joke
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 9:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Hamlol
This must be a joke
No joke..Bringing Fruits and Vegetables from Foreign Countries Is 1 of the Biggest No-No's for CBP....
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 1:08 am
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I could understand an improperly packaged bag of undeclared poultry meat herbs or stuff like that. But a banana in a carry on? That's next level
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 1:15 am
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What if banana was from the plane?
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by maksimfa
What if banana was from the plane?
Is still imported and forbidden, the fact the OP is a "trusted traveller" is why they were so harsh on them. Australia is the strictest in the world on this topic. Also, California has pseudo-customs entering from INSIDE the US...
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Deleted... wasn't thinking properly.

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Originally Posted by cbn42
Baggage carousels are landside. It's entirely possible to obtain a banana after going through customs and have it in your carry-on at the carousel.
How is that possible? They still have an inspection point after baggage claim and it seems semi sterile still in there
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