Is it ok to bring jamon Iberico back to Canada?

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  1. kongfeet

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    Hi. I¨m not sure where to post this, but I´m wondering if it´s possible to bring some jamon Iberico from  Spain (that´s where I am at the moment) back to Canada. On one hand, it´s just food (well, way way way cheaper here), but then again, I heard somewhere that they won´t allow it because it´s technically raw meat (ie no heat has been applied). Any info would be appreciated. 
     
  2. petalsandcoco

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    Kongfeet,

    If your ham is no more than 5 kilos : Yes

    You must declare it, it will pass.

    Package must be completely sealed.

    Petals.
     
  3. kongfeet

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    Thanks. That´s indeed good news. After reading about how the customs won´t allow it, I almost gave up, but if what you said is true, I´can´t wait to continue enjoying this stuff back home. Thanks, again.

    p.s. I only need to declare it at the customs, won´t have to pay anything, right?
     
  4. petalsandcoco

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    Glad you asked another question.

    When I called the customs office again they gave me a new answer : No.

    She said the only way would be by land, personal use only , no duty.

    I asked her to give me a site that my "friend" could go to and check and ask directly online and she gave me this one. :

    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/eng/1297964599443/1297965645317

    Any meat coming from overseas is prohibited. Please check : Use Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if the product is allowed before bringing it into Canada.

    Better to know now than later.

    Petals.
     
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  5. kongfeet

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    Thanks for the info and I think I´m gonna cry... Well, not really, but it´s disappointing for sure. I had all these wonderful things I was going to do with my jamon and lomo Iberico, but damn... Guess I´ll just have to eat as much of it as I possibly can while I´m here. Thanks again.
     
  6. petalsandcoco

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    I hope you enjoy the remainder of your stay. My sister-in-law just got back from Barcelona, it truly is a beautiful place.

    Indulge while you can.  Have a safe return....

    Petals.
     
  7. kongfeet

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    Thanks for the kind words. And yes, it truly is a beautiful place. In fact, it´s my favorite place in Europe, and one of my favorites in the world. London´s too expensive, Paris is overrated, and Rome? Rome´s history. Barcelona is the new ___________ !!!

    p.s. There is an exhibition on El Bulli here in Barcelona until the beginning of March. I´ve already been there twice, and am thinking of going back a few more times.
     
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    If you are still in Barca - go visit my friends Gloria and her husband who own Lis Pere Camps Xchocolatiers in Barcelona, Spain.

    Delicious amazing small shop.  Tell Gloria that Lisa from NYC says a big hello.  Try their chocolate bar with candied orange peel.

    I wish I had bought more of just the candied orange.  Sweets are allowed. Their cakes and cookies are amazing too.  

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...php?idi=ca+pastisseria+Lis+pere+camps&ct=clnk

    also restaurant gelonch is a great dinner tasting menu at bargain prices for what you are served.

    I agree - Barca is the bomb - best city in Europe IMHO!!!
     
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  10. sammy martin

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    Sure it is, if customs doesn't catch you, but why would you bother there are so many places to buy it now Lolaandmiguel.com is selling iberico bellota online for $218/kg that's less than what I was purchasing it for when I was buying it for my restaurant. 
     
  11. kkkkkkkkkkkkk

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    1. US to Canada (YES)

    Meat and poultry products (for example, jerky, sausages, deli meats and patties, fois gras)
    • up to 20 kilograms per person
    • packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is
    • proof of country of origin may be required

    Meat and poultry: fresh, frozen and chilled

    • up to 20 kilograms per person
    • one turkey per person
    • packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is
    • proof of country of origin may be required
    Please note:   Within this limit on meat, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) may have specific requirements. 

    2. Other Countries to Canada (NO)

    Not permitted.

    See link for further details: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/in...to-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990#a2