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Can I bring back Ackee from Jamaica to Canada?

by Scott
(Mississauga, Ontario)

I answered this question for Scott but I'm sure for hundred of other persons as well, it is yet another popular question we see online. It relates to bringing back Ackees from Jamaica to Canada.

Here is Scott's question...

Can I bring fresh Ackee into Canada from Jamaica

RESPONSE: by Wellesley

Hey Scott,

Thanks for asking! Yet another popular question.
At this time, the simple answer is YES.

But I must brief you on the requirements.

Now, I haven't traveled to Canada but I have friends and relatives that does and that is the information they gave me.

Canada they said, is much less restrictive, compared to the US.

That said, you need to be mindful of the policy guidelines.
Now these guidelines may differ, depending on the country of origin but what was obvious to me was the several items that were permitted or admissible from the USA, were not allowed from other jurisdictions, hmm.

On the website, they listed several items under the following categories that were allowed into Canada from countries other than the United States, albeit with special considerations and circumstances - relating to condition, amount and value.

These include:

  • Baked goods, candies, etc.
  • Dairy products
  • Fish and seafood
  • Frozen or canned
  • Herbs, spices, tea, coffee, condiments
  • Infant formula
  • Leather goods and skins
  • Meat (cooked, commercially prepared, commercially sterile, and shelf-stable)
  • Wooden souvenirs
  • Flowers: cut & yes...
  • Fruits and vegetables... which probably would be where Ackee falls.

Read the following extract from their website below...
can I bring ackee from jamaica to canada

Note that in relation to fresh fruits and vegetables, they clearly stated that 'depending on the country of origin, entry may be severely restricted or prohibited'.

Note that Jamaica nor any other country was listed there, but based on current practice, fresh Ackee is allowed from Jamaica, so we are clearly in the permissible group - at least for now :-)

So go ahead, count you luck and bag you ackees to take back home to Canada from Jamaica!

Just make sure you follow the remaining guidelines, which includes...
declaring all plant, animal, and food items they bring into Canada. This includes items related to plants, animals and food, or their by-products

You can find further details on this article we posted about What Can I Bring Back From Jamaica To Canada.

Thanks again for you question Scott.

You may also be interested in learning about the 'inverse' of this if you will... What food you can you bring into Jamaica

As usual, I welcome your feedback here.

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