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    On my first trip, I brought some coffee, coffee filters, multi-grain bread for breakfast. But soon I discovered that the supermarket has excellent food, I love the Dutch groceries! On my following trip, I didn't bring any groceries from the States, instead, brought some items along (books, presents etc) for my friends in Aruba. The coffee I bought on Aruba had some hazelnut flavor which I really liked and I took some with me back home to the States. I also discovered some awesome Dutch cookies (Sparkulus?) and brought them home.

    As it's just me vacationing on Aruba, it's quite easy. All I really need is breakfast and the groceries in Aruba are plenty to choose from, love the Dutch yogurt and bread as well as their cheese. I fully enjoy to NOT have to cook and spoiling myself by eating out is part of my vacation. I'm not a big eater anyway and like to be adventurous to try out different types or food while on Aruba.

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    Oh if it was just me travelling there is no way I would bring groceries. But when you are a group of 13....
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retagger View Post
    My wife and I just arrived yesterday with four stuffed suitcases of household goods, a few power tools, an espresso machine, memory foam bed toppers, steaks and shrimp, etc.
    I haven't priced it but is shrimp very expensive at the grocery store in Aruba?

    I never thought about bringing food to a foreign country. Every place I always traveled to outside the US would not allow perishable food, fruits etc. At best they would confiscate it. Worst case, they would confiscate it and you would get a big fine.

    I have a friend who came to the US from Portugal not too long ago. She had a lemon in her carry on that she has forgotten about. They confiscated it and fined her several hundred dollars For a lemon!
    Last edited by vincep; 08-28-2013 at 11:50 PM.

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    we have bought fish and grouper at lings grocery store and the price for grouper was less expensive in aruba than here in the tampa bay fla area. i think we paid approx $7 or $8 per lb for fresh grouper filet and for fresh whole shrimp we paid about the same.

    next time you visit aruba, visit some of the stores and do some comparison shopping.
    the best we figure is the majority of grocery items that we'd buy are only 10 - 20% higher in aruba than here in our area of the country.

    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    I haven't priced it but is shrimp very expensive at the grocery store in Aruba?

    I never thought about bringing food to a foreign country. Every place I always traveled to outside the US would not allow perishable food, fruits etc. At best they would confiscate it. Worst case, they would confiscate it and you would get a big fine.

    I have a friend who came to the US from Portugal not too long ago. She had a lemon in her carry on that she has forgotten about. They confiscated it and fined her several hundred dollars For a lemon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    I haven't priced it but is shrimp very expensive at the grocery store in Aruba?

    I never thought about bringing food to a foreign country. Every place I always traveled to outside the US would not allow perishable food, fruits etc. At best they would confiscate it. Worst case, they would confiscate it and you would get a big fine.

    I have a friend who came to the US from Portugal not too long ago. She had a lemon in her carry on that she has forgotten about. They confiscated it and fined her several hundred dollars For a lemon!
    Customs can be very strict. For instance:

    Fruits and Vegetables
    Bringing fruits and vegetables depends on a number of factors. For instance, consider the apple you bought in the foreign airport just before boarding and then did not eat. Whether or not CBP will allow the apple into the United States depends on where you got it and where you are going after you arrive in the United States. The same would be true for Mediterranean tomatoes. Such factors are important because fresh fruits and vegetables can introduce plant pests or diseases into the United States.

    One good example of problems imported fruits and vegetables can cause is the Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak during the 1980s. The outbreak cost the state of California and the federal government approximately $100 million to get rid of this pest. The cause of the outbreak was one traveler who brought home one contaminated piece of fruit. It is best not to bring fresh fruits or vegetables into the United States. However, if you plan to, contact either CBP or check the Permits section on the USDA-APHIS Web site for a general approved list on items that need a permit. ( APHIS - Permits )

    Note: The civil penalty for failing to declare agricultural items at U.S. ports of entry will cost first time offenders $300. The penalty for the second violation goes up to $500. To avoid receiving a penalthy all agricultural items and present them to Customs and Border Protection for inspection so that an agriculture specialist can determine if it is admissible.

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id...sandVegetables


    Here is the main page:

    Securing America's Borders
    Prohibited and Restricted Items


    (03/13/2013)

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id...restricted.xml

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Customs can be very strict.
    What are the regulations for bringing stuff into Aruba? That's the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    What are the regulations for bringing stuff into Aruba? That's the question.
    "Stuff" is a very broad term! LOL

    If you want to bring a car, it's more complicated. But here is a general list:

    Free import

    • 200 cigarettes or
    • 50 cigars;
    • 1 litre of distilled beverages or
    • 2.25 litres of wine or
    • 3 litres beer;
    • Gift articles up to a value of AWG 100
    • Unlimited amount of perfume

    Prohibited

    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Furs
    • Precious stones
    • Perishable foodstuffs requiring refrigeration
    • Plant and plant products
    • Foreign soil
    • Pets and animals without prior permission
    • Dogs, cats, monkeys and parrots from South America
    • Meat and meat products
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Pornographic material

    Restricted

    • All animals being imported into the country will require a Veterinarian Health Certificate from the country of origin issued less than two weeks prior to your arrival. Dogs and cats will require an additional Rabies Inoculation Certificate proving the animal’s protection against the disease. Dogs and cats less than four months old are exempt from requiring any rabies vaccinations providing prove of the animals age is included on the original certificate.
    • Leather imports of Haiti origin are unlikely to be accepted into the country.
    • Log and limber products from Liberia including posts, poles, tables, crates and tables are all prohibited from entering the country.

    http://aruba.visahq.com/customs/

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    I should have been more specific but I thought it was clear that we were talking about food.

    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    "Stuff" is a very broad term! LOL



    Prohibited

    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Furs
    • Precious stones
    • Perishable foodstuffs requiring refrigeration
    • Plant and plant products
    • Foreign soil
    • Pets and animals without prior permission
    • Dogs, cats, monkeys and parrots from South America
    • Meat and meat products
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Pornographic material


    http://aruba.visahq.com/customs/

    The stuff in red is germane to THIS conversation.

    I think I'll stick with buying meats and other perishable products in Aruba.
    Last edited by vincep; 08-29-2013 at 01:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Prohibited

    Perishable foodstuffs requiring refrigeration
    Meat and meat products

    http://aruba.visahq.com/customs/
    Interesting to say the least. I wonder where this company gets their information or is Aruba Customs just not enforcing their own regulations?
    Timeshare owners consistently bring their own food, even big juicy frozen steaks....

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    that rule has been on the books for a long time
    many timeshare owners and those renting places on island bring food/meat.

    my husband and i bring food/prepared and a few frozen meals and have not been stopped.
    we have been lucky.
    we bring in no produce.
    we bring less and less every visit.

    yes, we and others are taking a chance to lose it all if aruba customs decides to search.

    they are inconsistent with the enforcement of the rule lisa.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Interesting to say the least. I wonder where this company gets their information or is Aruba Customs just not enforcing their own regulations?
    Timeshare owners consistently bring their own food, even big juicy frozen steaks....

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