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Hoarder Patrol: Top Illegal Imports Worldwide

LuggagePhoto: Drew Coffman/Flickr

What with fitting in five kimonos, packing can be stressful. Even more stressful: losing things at customs and/or facing a fine. We all know the rules about no fruit or meats or items made from ivory, but what about toasters and breakfast spreads? Thanks to CNNgo, here's a list of curious contraband from around the world. And we thought the TSA was persnickety. 

 

LuggagePhoto: Drew Coffman/Flickr

What with fitting in five kimonos, packing can be stressful. Even more stressful: losing things at customs and/or facing a fine. We all know the rules about no fruit or meats or items made from ivory, but what about toasters and breakfast spreads? Thanks to CNNgo, here's a list of curious contraband from around the world. And we thought the TSA was persnickety. 

 

Do NOT try bring into:

The USA -

Kinder Surprise Eggs

Poor American kids will never know the fun of chocolate plus toy all in one. They are banned because of a “non-nutritive object imbedded”.




Ceramic tableware

The rules are bent here but customs encourages you to test your new ceramic goods bought abroad for levels of lead (especially if coming from Mexico, China, Hong Kong and India)





Denmark

Marmite and Vegemite

Aussie and Brits grow up on the stuff, but because they have “enhanced vitamins” they are a no go in Denmark.



 

Indonesia

Cordless phones

No cordless phones without an approved license are allowed to enter the country. Along with live animals and produce.



 

Nigeria –

Mosquito nets

Make sure you pack your malaria tablets and bug spray because if you have a net it will be thrown out on the border.

 

Cuba –

Electric pans, toasters and irons.

Well at least you know that while on vacation you won’t be doing any household chores.



 

China

Tomatoes, red peppers and eggplant

To prevent the foreign disease countries usually do prevent produce being allowed over the border -- but why just these items? No idea.



 

Malaysia –

Three articles of new clothing

Make sure after you have shopped for your new travel outfits you remove all tags before putting them in your suitcase -- you don’t want them taken off you before even wearing them!



 

Singapore

Chewing gum

The myth is true -- to a point. Gum for sale is banned in Singapore, except at pharmacies for medical benefit, so keep it to a "personal use" level. 

 

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