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Global Entry kiosks typically ask a yes/no question about whether you are bringing "food" into the country. The question is broader than on the deprecated blue form that asked about fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.

CBP answers the question of whether you must declare all "food" on its website:

Must I declare food items or products when using the Global entry kiosk?

Yes, all food items and products must be declared when entering the U.S.

You may be able to bring in food such as fruits, meats or other agricultural products depending on the region or country from which you are traveling.
General consensus is that the best practice is to declare any "food", include candies, cookies, snacks, etc. and then inform the CBP agent about your food. Experience has been that in nearly all cases the agent will wave you through with extremely minimal delay. As explained elsewhere, the primary focus of the question is to prevent importation of fruits, vegetable, and meats that could cause harm to the American food supply, but it is safest to allow the CBP agent to make the determination.

There is some debate as to whether items one can ingest for non-nutritive reasons (e.g., gum, toothpaste, medicine) should qualify as food. There does not appear to be an answer from CBP or experience showing the proper categorization of such items.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Absolute View Post
Just a warning that this applies to duty-free as well, at least for GE in the US. If you buy any duty free, whether it's a bottle of wine, booze, or candy, you must declare it and not use a GE terminal. Otherwise you are in violation of Nexus/GE membership.
Where did you hear this? If you aren't over your exemption you do not need to declare it on the GE kiosk, and if you are you can check yes on the GE kiosk and will get an O.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by iamflyer View Post
Where did you hear this? If you aren't over your exemption you do not need to declare it on the GE kiosk, and if you are you can check yes on the GE kiosk and will get an O.
I think the user is saying that it is considered a food item requiring declaration. But you can still use GE for that
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Old Mar 5, 18, 6:34 pm
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I wouldn't call booze 'food', but I suppose it's better safe than sorry? Also the user suggests you can't use GE the kiosk which you definitely can.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 7:13 pm
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No to all option at the bottom. Never a second thought given. Through the kiosk within 15 seconds.

Always carryon only, thus limiting what I can bring back. Almost always a bunch of dirty laundry, my laptop, and some paperwork (if on a work trip).
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Old Mar 5, 18, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Absolute View Post
Just a warning that this applies to duty-free as well, at least for GE in the US. If you buy any duty free, whether it's a bottle of wine, booze, or candy, you must declare it and not use a GE terminal. Otherwise you are in violation of Nexus/GE membership.
Where did that come from? I've regularly used GE kiosks and checked that I do have food (or fruit, vegetables etc. depending on which wording it used) and that I have more than the duty-free limit. I get a slip with a circle and show it to an agent, who asks me a question or two, sometimes looks at something, and lets me go.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 12:23 pm
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Originally Posted by sethb View Post
Where did that come from? I've regularly used GE kiosks and checked that I do have food (or fruit, vegetables etc. depending on which wording it used) and that I have more than the duty-free limit. I get a slip with a circle and show it to an agent, who asks me a question or two, sometimes looks at something, and lets me go.
You (and the other posters) are correct about being able to use the GE kiosk, once these threads were merged together and I saw the process others have done.

My reference was an agent at EWR (since you still need to go through the booths with children) who told me he would let me off with a verbal warning, but that my bottle of wine was considered a violation; he had told me I could not use GE with duty free, although it seems like it was just him being upset with me.

He was quite clear though, that yes, wine/booze must be declared as "food", or whatever the wording is.

It's the Nexus terminals/line which you cannot use, not GE.

Ironically, in the above case, I was a little flustered by the encounter and forgot to re-check the bottle of wine in my bag for my flight to YOW. Got to TSA pre-check, bag was pulled out, and I sighed and told the agent to toss it. Full bottles of water have had no issues getting through TSA without their noticing, but sadly not that bottle of wine.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Absolute View Post

My reference was an agent at EWR (since you still need to go through the booths with children) who told me he would let me off with a verbal warning, but that my bottle of wine was considered a violation; he had told me I could not use GE with duty free, although it seems like it was just him being upset with me.

He was quite clear though, that yes, wine/booze must be declared as "food", or whatever the wording is.
Odd, given the separate question about whether you have cigarettes, liquor, etc. in excess of duty free allowance. Would seem odd to be able to answer that "no" but still be in violation for not declaring that liquor as "food" (and what about chewing tobacco?).
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Old Mar 6, 18, 12:57 pm
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Odd, given the separate question about whether you have cigarettes, liquor, etc. in excess of duty free allowance. Would seem odd to be able to answer that "no" but still be in violation for not declaring that liquor as "food" (and what about chewing tobacco?).
Given that he was incorrect about the usage of GE terminals, I take it with a grain of salt, but am very, very, hesitant to risk my status
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Old Apr 4, 18, 4:36 am
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Little confused......

I declared food at YYZ preclearance GE kisok, but the form did not have "O" printed.

CBP asked me about food and I said "yes I have food and declared at the kiosk" but the form was missing the ''O".

Long story short, I convinced the officer that I know how to declare foods and never messed about with my truthfulness when responding to CBP questions both in person, on paper and via machine.

Anyone else experienced such problem where the O is missing despite declaring it at the machine?
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Old Apr 4, 18, 6:01 am
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Interesting. O is on all of my declarations.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 7:53 am
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Do you think that maybe you selected YES, but then selected NO TO ALL by accident?
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Old Apr 23, 18, 7:33 pm
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GE declaration with carton of cigarettes

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I came through GE immigration and marked 'No to All' after reading the questions, specifically, the question about if you have anything over the allowance to import. I had bought a carton of duty free cigarettes. US customs laws allow one carton duty free. At the exit of customs, the agent asked if I had brought anything back and I told him about the carton of cigarettes. He told me I should have declared it (how?). He was professional and nice, and acknowledged it was fine for me to bring a carton back but told me to declare it next time. I'm very confused by this. Should I have clicked something else or was the agent misinformed?

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Old Apr 23, 18, 9:11 pm
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Long time lurker on flyertalk. I finally think I have something of substance to add. I have GE. On certain trips I buy art -- all over 100 years old, not for resale. I came back from a trip where I bought some things -- some already framed. I came through Terminal 1 at JFK and the set up had changed since I last flew through there. I had more than the $800 and some food, all declared and I wrote a list. First customs guy looked it over and said fine and kept it along with my GE slip and waved me and my baggage through. A second person stopped me and directed me over to the dreaded steel tables. Now I did have a lot of luggage because of the art. I was asked how much I spent. I could not remember exactly what I gave the other guy as I had written it out the day before with the receipts. So I over estimated. The customs person took out one of the blue forms and had me write the number and sign my name and emphasized the importance of me signing the document. I was asked if I was carrying over $10,000 in cash -- I said no, was asked how I paid, and I said card. I offered to show receipts but no, it was inspection time. The agent made some small talk which was an obvious attempt to be friendly but also to distract me. My carry ons and art bag were searched. I was about to open the checked suitcase but was told I could go.

As many have pointed out it is the accuracy of the declaration that is of importance, especially for GE. That was what was emphasized to me when I was asked to sign a declaration on the total amount spent right in front of the agent. Art over 100 years old is not subject to duty so I had no worry about the inspection, and there was nothing problematic. I err on the side of caution as GE has saved me a lot of time and I do not want to lose it.

I have gone through checks before when bringing in art but this was the first time I was asked to sign the blue customs form in front of an officer.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 9:25 am
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I came through Terminal 1 at JFK and the set up had changed since I last flew through there.
I've often wondered how this works with declarations at JFK now. I assume it's like the other terminals where the USCBP officer collects your GE receipt before exiting to the baggage hall. Perhaps filling out the blue paper form is now necessary since you otherwise wouldn't have a receipt since the officer collects them right after the kiosks.
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