From HK to Canada: can we bring back beef jerky?

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  • Nov 18th, 2012 8:04 pm
Jun 7, 2009
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From HK to Canada: can we bring back beef jerky?

Hey there,

Currently travelling in Hong Kong and bought a bag of dried, packaged (vacuum sealed) beef jerky. I'm wondering if Canadian customs will give me problems for this? We will declare it, however, would like to know if there is a chance they will confiscate it.

Thanks in advance!
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Feb 25, 2007
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I dont think its alowed, i was watching Border wars, and this guy flew in from China to BC and they took all his beef jerky away.. lol
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YMMV - depends on whether the agent you're dealing with is feeling hungry and likes beef jerky.

But seriously though - they probably won't care if it's processed (which beef jerky definitely is) and in small quantities for personal consumption. But it's still definitely YMMV. The regulations (as published on various Canadian giovernment websites) are vague at best and subject to interpretation.

But since you've already bought it, you've got nothing to lose by trying to bring it across. And as long as you make a full declaration.
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trixR4kids wrote:
Nov 17th, 2012 9:34 am
my relative brought back beef jerky and had to throw it out.
You could just lie on the paper and the agent by telling them you didn't bring back any meat, but i wouldn't risk it
That would be one very expensive package of jerky if it's discovered after not being declared. The fine could be quite onerous.

OP, eat the jerky on the flight home.
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Beef jerky isn't allowed to be brought back into Canada. In the customs declaration form they give you on the flight into Canada it's listed there under dried meats or something like that. You're also not allowed to bring back dried fruits. I had both, not knowing that it wasn't allowed. If your bag is searched then you'll have to throw it out. Oh well.

I'm guessing that you're bringing back beef and/or pork jerky from Macau. For what it's worth, jerky from Macau doesn't taste the same as say from ten years ago. It's like a lower quality meat they use now.
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The reason that meat is not allowed is because they may contain contagious diseases such as mad cow disease or foot mouth disease. Is it worth it?
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Penalties range from them throwing it out to a monetary fine. A co-worker of mine was fined roughly $500 for intentionally bringing back non-permitted items and for not declaring it. I once brought back two sticks of cigarettes, declared it, but the customs agent didn't stop me nor charged me tax on the excess item.
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Feb 15, 2006
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NO it's not allowed. We didn't know before and once brought beef jerky back from Asia, and had to throw them out at customs here. Now we know.

You can still bring onto the airplane, to eat inflight.
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