Transit through US with a machete
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Sep 6, 2012 5:49 PM Last Post By: JoanR
Sep 4, 2012 11:05 AM
Transit through US with a macheteThe subject my provoke strong reactions but I genuineky need to know if there will be problems carrying a decorative machete gift in my hold luggage when I fly from Guatemala to UK via Miami. I have just found out that all bags go through customs on transit in US. Would I be utterly stupid to leave the item in my bag and face a grilling from the authorities.
According to this website machetes are not viewed as weapons but agricultural tools. Of course they might be a little biased!
I would greatly appreciate any advice and if possible any website or evidence to back it up.
Sep 4, 2012 11:18 AM
1If I were you, I would contact the Guatemala airport, and maybe the U.S. Customs, to discuss it with them.
Many years ago (before Sept. 11, which is when things became much more restrictive), I brought a decorative machete home from the Dominican Republic. I asked at the time, and was told that as long as it was not sharpened (mine wasn't), it was fine to put in your luggage.
I think the worst that would happen is that they would take it away, and maybe ask you a few questions. (I assume it looks like a souvenir, so I can't imagine anyone making a big deal about it.)
Sep 4, 2012 11:24 AM
Sep 4, 2012 12:25 PM
Sep 4, 2012 12:52 PM
4As far as airline baggage is concerned, I went to the US TSA web site and used the "Can I Bring…?" tool. You fill in the blank after "Can I Bring..?" I got this boilerplate:
Make sure the dang thing is clean and free of dirt. US agriculture rules are strict about soil. (Hint, clean your shoes as much as you can.) Wrap it in cardboard, even if it's not sharp.
Watch out for those endangered species issues.
Make sure you are otherwise spotless. No fruit or veggies or anything of the living plant persuasion, such as flowers or seeds--unless you declare them. If you declare them, they may be confiscated if on a prohibited list.
That includes coffee. Roasted coffee is not an issue; green beans might be.
No meat products of any kind. Rules on what is OK and what is not (even canned meat) are so complex that it's not worth coping.
It goes without saying--nothing that the US or the UK definitely considers illegal. You know what I mean.
Sep 4, 2012 6:49 PM
Sep 4, 2012 7:32 PM
6I always take sharp implements in my checked luggage when going to and from Guat. More menacing than a souvenir machete. (most of which seem to be made in El Salvador). Never had a problem. Wrap it securely. I could careless about it slicing some pedo from the TSA but if it rattles in your luggage you might find shredded shirts. Just don't make wise cracks about it. Probably shouldn't have it engraved Allah Akbhar.
Sep 4, 2012 10:18 PM
7I never leave home without my machete (Nicaraguan) when going to the tropics, snakes and thieves everywhere...
Sep 5, 2012 12:42 AM
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Sep 5, 2012 1:48 PM
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Sep 6, 2012 5:49 PM
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