Exporting to the USA

With the cost of Coffee in the USA right now I would like to ship some coffee to the USA, not for profit but as a gift. 5 or 10 lbs. Anyone out there have any idea what the cost would be for the person receiving the coffee as for as importation fees and taxes. Any helpful info would be appreciated. Also Pre-packaged vs (Mercado style)bulk, which is better as far as passing customs. Thankx in advance.

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Many people just bring it up in their baggage

I don't know where you are but you said "I would like to ship some coffee to the USA" so I presume you might be here. Kelly at Gato Negro has many customers that bring it home and show the factura from the store as proof of value and don't pay a nickel as it's under the allowed amount. I think bagged and labelled with a factura would be better than loose beans, although the latter would be easier opened and checked.

Just a suggestion.

I Used To Bring

tons of coffee back from Costa Rica when I was down there. I'd fill an entire suitcase with freshly roasted beans in 1 kilo paper bags (filled fresh from the roaster in front of me) that I'd bought from that big seller in the central market. You could smell that suitcase from across the terminal. I'd give it away to my business associates.

I still haven't found Nicaraguan coffee that I liked as much as the CR product.

I never paid a penny of duty; I'm not even sure that there is duty on coffee.

The Customs hot button at the time seemed to be tobacco, specifically CIGARS FROM CUBA.

If you are carrying it in when you go back

no duty in the USA on a LOT. I think the current exemption is $1,000. Likely more than you can carry. Tell them what you have on the form in customs and they will just wave you through. No need for a receipt..they know how much coffee costs.

Shipping likely can also do with no duty, but have never done it. Just go to USA customs website and see what they say. It is all covered in EZ to read language.



Thankx AZT, I am here in Jinotega, and wan to "mail" it back to the states, I'll check the US. customs site and see what they say there. - Atento

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.- Thomas Paine

Here it is on mailing back

From CBP website..

"Gifts You Mail Gifts worth up to $100 may be sent, free of duty and tax, to friends and relatives in the United States, as long as the same person does not receive more than $100 worth of gifts in a single day. If the gifts are mailed or shipped from an insular possession, this amount is increased to $200.

Unless returning to the United States from an insular possession, you don’t have to declare gifts you sent while you were on your trip, since they won’t be accompanying you."

I find the regular mail from NICA to USA to be satisfactory for letters. Likely for this too. Plus the NICA stamps are cool. 100 bucks is a lot of coffee.


Coffee seems to scan well on

Coffee seems to scan well on their security equipment. Last year I brought 4 pounds to the states, just supermarket stuff like Quilambe and Dipilto, the same stuff we drink daily. It makes great gifts. Plan to take more this time. Tropical flavor jams from the super also make nice gifts, but probably have to go in hold baggage.

``Vote for me—I`ll set you free`` Anon.

Another thought

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The Benefits that could possibly be expected from these Nutrients of Cocoa are: - Improves Oxygen distribution - Improves Immune System - Provides Healthy energy - Reduces fatigue - Reduces weakness - Improves concentration ability - Lowers chance of infections - Supports healthy hair - Reduces Dizziness - Lowers chances of headaches - Strengthens nails - Protects from apathy - Lowers risks of depression - Improves nerve function - Improves muscle function - Reduces confusion - Reduces irritability - Lowers chance of heart problems - Lowers chance of high blood pressure - Protects from chronic diarrhea - Improves exercise ability - Helps prevent warts - Helps cure from warts - Supports cell growth - Improves Wound Healing - Improves smelling ability - Improves tasting ability - Normalizes blood sugar level - Regulates metabolism - Normalizes appetite - Supports healthy growth in children - Protects from frequent colds - Protects from frequent infections - Supports Healthy skin - Supports Healthy nails - Supports Healthy hair - Supports enzyme production - Reduces weight loss - Improves healthy development - Supports blood clotting - Improves healthy growth - Relaxes nerves - Relaxes muscles - Strengthens bones - Builds bones - Improves blood circulation - Protects from muscle spasms - Improves heart rate - Supports healthy thyroid gland - Protects from free radicals - Helps protect from nausea - Reduces vomiting - Reduces skin rashes - Maintains Hair color - Normalizes Cholesterol levels - Helps prevent hearing loss - Supports healthy reproduction

Pretty impressive, huh.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.- Thomas Paine

local gelatina

Good idea, thankx. - Atento

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.- Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

Is that quote from "Commen Sense."

common sense

I'm not sure, I've also heard this quote to be atributed to Edmund Burke, so I am not reall sure who the real author is, but the idea is sound.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.- Thomas Paine