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Food from US

We will be visiting in February 2014, X'tan Ha. I would like to bring some food and snacks for the 6 of us. Mainly for breakfast and lunch. I was thinking boxed crackers, cereal, peanutbutter, jam, canned tuna, granola bars coffee, sugar etc.

Will this be okay to bring through customs with no problems? any suggestions? Are mosquitos really that bad during february? Please...any help and information will be helpful to us!

Thank you.

Caye Caulker, Belize
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11. Re: Food from US

As airlines now charge a fee for a second checked bag the amount the extra bag costs you would most likely double the price you will pay in Belize for groceries. Belize is a CARICOM country and because of this most food items imported from other CARICOM countries will end up being about the same price in BZ$ as you pay in US$ at home...in other words...half price. If you "need" to have Kellogg's Corn flakes they will be about 25% more than what you pay in the US because of import duty. But that said...buying the Central American made "Maize flakes" will cost you about half of what you pay for the Kellogg's brand at home. There are many grocery stores to choose from and asking a local where to buy goes a long way. The govt. thinking here is that if you shop like a foreigner...you will pay like one. They try to aim their import duties at foreign residents and guests. To get around this all a visitor has to do is find the Spanish labelled version of what you need. The above posts are correct. Peanut butter...(any nut anything) will have a high import duty because we have a nut industry. But again...CARICOM sourced products are reasonable enough that the hassle of bringing things down...the airline surcharges on bags...makes the effort not worth considering. As a side note...buying local also helps the community you are visiting.

Ambergris Caye
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The other thing to consider that drives the price up a bit o Ambergris Caye compared to mainland is stores have to get everything flown or barged in.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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How much can one save by bringing their own peanut butter? Not worth it in my opinion. Let's keep everything in perspective.

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If you like nuts, bring nuts. You can get the sugary peanut butter like Jiff here, but natural (peanuts and salt only) is almost impossible to find. You can buy the microwave popcorn everywhere, other snacks are hard to find. Just follow the advice in Post #11. You won't really save any money bringing heavy things like canned tuna or bulky things like boxed cereal (granola, yes). Marie Sharps jams are natural and way better than anything you will get in the States (mango, guava, yum). Kids usually get a liking for a local treat and the parents end up giving away half of what they brought when they leave.

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Restricted & Prohibited Goods:


(don't know if that includes peanut butter)

Source: http://www.customs.gov.bz/restricted.html

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Thanks for posting the prohibited list. I noticed it said T-shirt of cotton..how strict are they?? I planned to bring food items with me as I have several allergies (including gluten).

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I suspect if you showed up with several dozen t-shirts that have obviously never been worn, as in, still have their tags, you'd be in for some questioning. The concern is that you brought them to sell.

In the past, I've brought things like low fat salad dressing, which at the time was unavailable. Also, I used to bring pasta, simply because it's expensive here. Now, I don't bother.

Corn tortillas are everywhere, you shouldn't have trouble being gluten allergic.

San Pedro, Belize
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You can find pretty much everything on your list with familiar brand names in San Pedro Town. Visiting the town is a highlight for many of the people who come here, or you can just stop off on the way to your resort and pick up what you think you may need. Even so, there are so many fantastic restaurants in town, it would be a shame not to visit. It is a tourist resort island and with that comes a premium price, not to mention duty on luxury imported items. The supermarkets in town have shelves lined with USA imported snack products as they are very popular with both locals and tourists. If you buy locally, you'll be helping the economy and lessening your suitcase load. The advice always given to tourists to Belize is to bring fewer clothes and more cash. Have a great trip!

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