In 2012, new laws were introduced which makes it an offence to import controlled animal and plant products in the Turks and Caicos Islands without a permit and proper documentation. Failure to comply with the regulations may result in a fine of $50,000 and/or a 2 year jail term.
These laws are very broad and it's not always clear what constitutes an 'animal product' or a 'plant product'. Importing a pack of beef jerky or a pack of garden seeds appears to fall under the very broad definitions specified in the law.
Animals, Meat, Poultry and Fish and other 'animal-related articles' cannot be imported into the country without an Animal Import Permit.
Plants, Plant Products, Fruits, vegetables, seeds and other 'regulated plant articles', with the exception of 'manufactured products' (but not including 'grains'), cannot be imported into the country without a Plant Import Permit.
Users from sites such as TripAdvisor report no difficulties importing animal and plant products into the Turks and Caicos. Other sites state a 5 kg allowance for personal consumption.
An application must be made to the Agriculture Department and the appropriate fee paid prior to import.
The responsible local authority reserves the right to request and require any other information in individual cases.