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Old 04-10-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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I leave for the airport to head to London in an hour. One of my buddies lives over there and he has had a hard time getting Simcoe. So I picked up a lb and was going to bring it to him.

Has anyone travelled with hops on an air plane? I don't have much room in my checked luggage (bring a "few" 22oz bombers of IIPA's for some tasting).

Think I would be ok bringing it in my carry on? Or should I just check it with the rest of my luggage?

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Old 04-10-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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I would check it. Who knows what idiot that finds your bag will think it's pot.

Clearly label it hops and check it...I think you will be ok.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Put them all in unmarked plastic baggies and strap them to your body before you go through security.
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Go ahead and prove them to be the idiots they are.

If they hassle you just ask them if they know what a MJ leaf looks like...most people do...then show them a cone...then ask them to bring on a drug dog and see what doesn't happen...



In all seriousness though...it IS a plant form that shouldn't be carried into another country...it's an Agricultural thing...
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:55 PM   #5
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Thanks all, in the checked luggage they go!
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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In all seriousness though...it IS a plant form that shouldn't be carried into another country...it's an Agricultural thing...
Ya, didn't think of that. Be sure to lie on your immigration forms!

 
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:58 PM   #7
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The TSA may take them out.

If it looks suspicious, you would have an easier time explaining it in the security line, rather than open your suitcase and see that its gone.

 
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #8
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i dont know about the quality of them dogs.... the hop is a hemp family plant, as is cannibus.... plus the first time i opened a pellet bag of hops I was surprised how close it smelled to MJ.... maybe its just me though...
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:25 PM   #9
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Forget confusing it with controlled substances--it's probably illegal to bring hops due to agricultural restrictions. I know you can't bring most vegetation on international flights.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:32 PM   #10
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Just an update, they arrived safe and sound in my checked luggage. As well during my trip I inquired with the Enforcement Support Division of the Food Standards Agency/Imported Food Branch about hops. Here is what they told me:

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You are allowed to bring a reasonable amount of these products to the UK.
For more information about personal imports you can access the Personal Imports page at our website Food Standards Agency - Personal imports

Please note that the information on our website is not product specific - all references will be to "food that has no animal content" and will not specifically mention dried hops flowers.

The advice contained in this Email should not be taken as an authoritative statement of the law or its interpretation. Only the courts can decide whether in particular circumstances an offence has been committed.

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Now, based upon the personal import of food that has no animal content, the following applies:

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You can bring back reasonable quantities of food that does not contain anything of animal origin. For large amounts, if it is considered to be for commercial purposes then it may be subject to checks by the port health authorities at the point of import.

Personal imports of fruit and raw vegetables from outside the EU may be subject to a limit of 2kg due to plant health restrictions
So a good rule of thumb would be that bringing in up to 2kg of hops from the US into England shouldn't be a problem.

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Ya, didn't think of that. Be sure to lie on your immigration forms!
I should have on my way back. I brought some special salami back with me and when I was asked if I brought any meat products back, I said yes.

Come to find out, the only meat you can bring into the US is potted pork. I laughed at the customs agent and told him that he doesn't have to worry about me bringing potted pork into the US.

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The TSA may take them out.

If it looks suspicious, you would have an easier time explaining it in the security line, rather than open your suitcase and see that its gone.
I'd rather deal with it at my destination as opposed to dealing with it before I depart.

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i dont know about the quality of them dogs.... the hop is a hemp family plant, as is cannibus.... plus the first time i opened a pellet bag of hops I was surprised how close it smelled to MJ.... maybe its just me though...
It's just you.

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Forget confusing it with controlled substances--it's probably illegal to bring hops due to agricultural restrictions. I know you can't bring most vegetation on international flights.
See the first part of this post.
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