Gourmet tourism: what products will have to go abroad
Due to Russia’s food sanctions, gourmet tourism is expected to flourish. In connection with the introduction of a ban on the import of a number of food products from EU countries, one of the most desirable acquisitions for tourists in Europe will be products. Gourmet souvenirs from different countries were popular before, but now travelers abroad will buy even more food for themselves and friends.
Dairy products can be brought from the Baltic states, because the usual cottage cheese and yogurt disappear from store shelves. In addition, Lithuania or Estonia are very close, and the products will not have time to deteriorate during the flight. And motorists can always use a cooler bag.
Fish is a popular product brought from Finland. Gorgeous herring can be bought in Sweden. Just in case, it is better to pack fish products in a double or triple bag so that it is not a shame if the package does not stand and tears during unloading of luggage, pouring the contents of the suitcase with herring brine.
For olive oil, travelers go to the Mediterranean countries, for example, to oleotheques in Italy. It is better to buy oil in plastic packaging, it weighs less and is safe. Bulk purchases can also be made in cans. If the bottle is still glass, you can wrap it with one or two baby diapers in case it breaks, and then pack it in a bag. The absorbent capacity of diapers, as well as their thickness and softness, has more than once helped tourists during the transportation of liquids in glass containers.
Cheeses and meat products
Tourists bring cheese, dry and dried sausages from France. When buying cheese, you should pay attention to the conditions of its storage – not all such products tolerate a long journey without consequences. Remember that when departing from France, cheeses are recommended to be checked in your luggage (in hand luggage they are sometimes mistaken for “liquids” and taken away). But with the sausage, most likely, nothing will happen. The only thing that can transport her to the traveler is the strong smell with which his things will smell.
Jamon is the symbol of Spain for gourmets around the world. Some tourists manage to bring a whole ham to their homeland, but most still prefer to cut in vacuum packaging. Also very popular with travelers are Spanish chorizo sausages.
If tourists decide to bring fresh fruit from the trip – another type of product from the sanctions list of Russia – then they need to think about packaging for delicate fruits. For example, for transporting fruit, a tough jar of tennis balls, a cut-off plastic bottle or a cardboard bag made from juice is suitable.
The main thing to remember:
tourists are allowed to import products for personal use, that is, their quantity cannot be too large so that Russian customs officers do not consider the cargo to be a commercial party (it is taxed);
imported food products (especially meat and dairy) are subject to phytosanitary control at the border. In particular, the import of such goods in open / broken / improvised packaging is not allowed, it must be factory, have the name of the manufacturer and the date of manufacture. Many sellers in European markets know that for tourists cheese or jerky must be vacuum-packed and kept in their workplace with the appropriate apparatus. However, there are cases when market products were seized in a vacuum from travelers at the border by phytosanitary officials, since there was no label on it.