Thursday, May 14, 2015

Getting Honey through Customs

Each country has its own customs regulations.

You can NOT bring honey into New Zealand and Australia from other countries. It is completely illegal, and you would get fined.

You can bring honey into USA, England, Turkey from other countries.

USA: You can bring honey entering the United States in passenger baggage for personal use. You must still declare it as well as all food products in the customs declaration form. Travelers bringing food into the U.S. for personal use: "Honey- comb honey, royal jelly, bee bread, or propolis if it is not intended to be fed to bees (USDA Miscellaneous and Processed Products Manual, Table 3-100)"

UK and EU countries: I have found this leaflet for UK, and it explains the regulations for all EU countries. Bringing food products into the UK. Page 7: "You are allowed up to 2kg combined weight per person of other animal products (i.e. other than meat, dairy and fish products) such as honey, eggs..."

Of course, it needs to be in the checked-in luggage. It is considered to be liquid for carry-ons and will be confiscated.

Losing our Honey Bees

An annual survey indicates that the loss of honey bee colonies reached to 42%. These are concerning results on this year's terrible survival rates of managed Honey Bees.

I am a third year beekeeper, having more than 10 hives. I happened to lose 4-5 hives in the same period. These results match my experience...