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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 Apr 24, 18, 10:01 am
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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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Old Apr 24, 18, 1:08 pm
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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?
Did you ask?

What's next -
"how much cash do you have"?
"$100"
"You should have declared that so we can determine whether you're over the $10,000 limit"?

I agree that you seem to have followed the instructions, and CBP wouldn't have a basis to discipline you for not declaring cigarettes within the allowance.
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Old Apr 26, 18, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by drewguy View Post
Did you ask?

What's next -
"how much cash do you have"?
"$100"
"You should have declared that so we can determine whether you're over the $10,000 limit"?

I agree that you seem to have followed the instructions, and CBP wouldn't have a basis to discipline you for not declaring cigarettes within the allowance.
If he had declared the carton the agent would likely have sclded him for declaring things that don't need to be declared (see the numerous "chocolate as food" posts here -- opposite situation as in that case you always want to declare).
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Old Apr 26, 18, 4:22 pm
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If he had declared the carton the agent would likely have sclded him for declaring things that don't need to be declared (see the numerous "chocolate as food" posts here -- opposite situation as in that case you always want to declare).
I would declare all food and cigarettes.
Not all food and not all cigarettes are allowed (and cigarettes may still be taxable). Currency is currency, not ambiguity(* there are restrictions - must declare gold, is 10k per group not 10k per person)

Cbp explcitily says to declare all food, even if it's generally admissable like cookies

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1310/kw/
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
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/3619/kw/
You must declare all food products. Failure to declare food products can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties.

The following are generally admissible:
- Candy and chocolate
Flavored cigarettes not allowed. May be taxable
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...20excise%20tax
Bidis - essentially flavored cigarettes - are not generally permitted entry. For more information see the Tobacco Control Act.

In addition, cigarettes may be subject to Federalexcise tax.

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Global Entry Declarations

I recently entered the U.S. through EWR using Global Entry. I answered NO to all of the questions on the kiosk. After handing my white ticket to the Customs Officer, he pointed to the duty free bag I was holding. He said "what's that." I replied that it was my duty free purchases that totaled less than $800. He told me that it had to be declared regardless. Is this true?
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Old May 3, 18, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by Retiredflyboy View Post
I recently entered the U.S. through EWR using Global Entry. I answered NO to all of the questions on the kiosk. After handing my white ticket to the Customs Officer, he pointed to the duty free bag I was holding. He said "what's that." I replied that it was my duty free purchases that totaled less than $800. He told me that it had to be declared regardless. Is this true?
That depends on what you purchased.
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Old May 3, 18, 9:16 am
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That depends on what you purchased.
Well, presuming what was in the bag was under the spend limit and under the quantity limit for items that have such -- like cigarettes and alcohol -- If it were me I would then mention that the kiosk asked specifically whether I had any duty free items that exceeded the limits and since I did not I indicated that. That seems to be what Retiredflyboy is asking. I'm curious to know how the fficer responded.
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Old May 3, 18, 9:34 am
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Well, presuming what was in the bag was under the spend limit and under the quantity limit for items that have such -- like cigarettes and alcohol -- If it were me I would then mention that the kiosk asked specifically whether I had any duty free items that exceeded the limits and since I did not I indicated that. That seems to be what Retiredflyboy is asking. I'm curious to know how the fficer responded.
Do you know for sure that he did not have any edible items in his duty free bag?
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As an officer, I have heard "Oh, but it's duty free," countless times as a way to excuse a lack of declaring certain goods.
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Old May 3, 18, 10:14 am
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Do you know for sure that he did not have any edible items in his duty free bag?
No - we have absolutely no idea what was in the bag. Had the bag contained food (of any type) it would absolutely have t be declared at the kiosk.
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A duty free bag is not a diplomatic pouch.
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A duty free bag is not a diplomatic pouch.
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Old May 4, 18, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
A duty free bag is not a diplomatic pouch.
I'm not sure a diplomatic pouch would immunize a prohibited import.

E.g. https://www.apnews.com/2e6ef80ed7d565223738a6be7fb35122
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That depends on what you purchased.
As I mentioned in an earlier one, an agent once told me that duty free alcohol/wine must be declared as food, and told me he was letting me off with a warning this time.

Since then, I've always declared food on my form when entering the US - whether with granola bars or wine - and after the agent asked me what I had declared, waved me through. Never had any issues - happy to get the O on the pass now every time!

Only SFO was a little cumbersome, where I had to send my bag through a scanner after they saw the O on the slip.
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