Global Entry to the UK with food

Old Dec 18, 19, 12:53 pm
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Question Global Entry to the UK with food

I've been asked to bring Wheat thins and Reese's mini whites to the UK from the USA - I think the Wheat thins are OK as long as I declare on customs form??

Can I bring reeses minis in if I declare?

I have UK and US Passports and GE is tied to my US passport so I guess I could enter the uk through normal customs on my UK passport ....

Not sure how good the communication is between the US and UK in terms of notes on records for GE.. I'm guessing poor. You hear these stories of people loosing GE for a candy bar or traveling through turkey etc...
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Old Dec 18, 19, 1:56 pm
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It's really simple. GE is not available for entry to the UK.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 7:06 am
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Since it's not unusual for my relatives to fly between the US and UK with snacks and even Halloween candy and processed breakfast cereal, been there and done this with these exact items at times. The UK -- at least at LHR -- has a lane after baggage claim where you can try to declare them; but UK customs will generally waive people by who declare candy and crackers. And wheat thins and Reeses have elicited a sort of "get out of here please" gesture/look.

With dealing with US CBP, they are to be declared each and every time. That is even as they will most often not send you to Ag inspection for this. And even Ag control will usually not care and wonder why you were sent over for Wheat Thins and Reeses.

Both countries will commonly let this in and out without issue, but US CBP is way more sensitive to food declaration accuracy than the UK border force when it comes to this stuff coming in and out at airports in personal quantities.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 8:52 am
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Agreed with everything posted so far. Also customs is generally more concerned with non-processed food (which can carry various foreign contaminants) than processed food.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 11:14 am
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As others have explained, GE is of no relevance.

Customs lanes require self-declaration. You self-declare if there are items that aren't permitted entry to the UK, or if you have items subject to tax and duties. My understanding from the past is that snacks meets neither of those (unless they somehow contain meat, or raw fruit/veg material, etc, are extremely extremely expensive.). In other words the responsibility is on the traveller as opposed to the border agents.

The US is a declare everything edible kind of country and not comparable.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 4:11 pm
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Thanks for the replies - I thought GE was reciprocal with Registered Traveler - I'll guess I'll put some wheat thins and resses in my suitcase.. and hopefully avoid a stint at slade prison
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Old Dec 20, 19, 2:38 am
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No they aren’t reciprocated.

enjoy your porridge!
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Old Dec 24, 19, 8:33 am
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also there isn't a customs form... most likely you will not actually come across an official in your arrival (using the egates and relevant lane for customs)
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