Disclaimer: we are not a brokerage service, we cannot prescribe what can/cannot pass through customs. We can only give information based on research and past shipments we’ve delivered. There is always an element of uncertainty when it comes to shipping food, so go in with that mindset if you want to ship food with us. Also note that you will have to bear the charges if customs rejects and returns the parcels (same rate as the cost to ship the item out).
Strictly no traces of meat, but seafood is okay
No whole eggs, but eggs beaten and mixed into pastry are okay
No butter slabs, but butter mixed into pastry is okay
Dairy products are okay as long as not in liquid form
Food must be in original packaging, and have an ingredient list
1. Bak Kwa
United States strictly prohibits the entry of any meat related products into their country, with the fear of having the meat spreading diseases. All our customers who shipped Bak Kwa had their shipments stopped, even those who vacuum sealed it. Do not ship Bak Kwa!
2. Tau Sar Piah, Kuih Kapit, Kuih Bahulu, Kuih Bangkit, Rose Cookies
These snacks usually contain ingredients such as eggs, flour, starch, cooking oil, coconut oil, coconut cream, water, sugar, and also salt. Based on such an ingredient list, these products would be able to pass through US customs.
Based on our shipping experience, we have shipped these products overseas. We have shipped products under the brand Begawan solo and Swee heng in the past, if you require specific brand recommendations.
3. Pineapple Tarts
We would lean towards a no for pineapple tarts as it contains dried fruits which US Customs may not accept. That being said, we have shipped this product to the United States before, without any customs issues or delay. Again, brands such are Bengawan Solo and Swee Heng are suggested, as their packaging has the ingredients list and also the date it was manufactured.
4. Spicy Shrimp Rolls
This snack consists of mainly dried shrimp, an ingredient that is permitted to enter the United States through shipping! We would say this is okay to ship.
5. Nian Gao
We have not shipped this out before, but based on research we think it may be risky given that it is a perishable food.
6. Arrowroot Chips
This chip is of a plant origin, and US has certain regulations on shipping plant origin products to their country, we say this is moderate risk.
7. Preserved Fruits
We don’t recommend to ship out dried fruit products such as Dried Apricot, Dried Persimmon, Dried Mango and many more to the United States as the US Customs has very strict regulations to govern the type of dried products and fruits that are permitted to enter the country due to the fear of having unknown pests and diseases that these products may bring to them.
We wrote this to give more clarity to our customers, but please understand there are always risks in shipping all the above mentioned products. If you would like to ship food, we recommend not to ship everything in a big 10kg box. To mitigate risk, it’s better to split it into multiple packages of say 3kg, so in case 1 box gets stopped at customs, the others could still pass through unaffected.
That being said, most of our shipments go through successfully, especially if you follow the advice given here. We hope we will be able to help you ship goodies to your loved ones this Chinese/Lunar New Year!
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