Prior to September 29, 2010, the only imports from Iran that were allowed into the United
States were carpets, textile floor coverings, carpets used as wall hangings, and foodstuffs for human consumption, with limited exceptions.
Effective September 29, 2010, imports of carpets, textiles, and foodstuffs from Iran were no longer authorized by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in accordance with the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA).
As such, effective September 29, 2010, no imports from Iran could be imported lawfully into the United States except for the following items:
Iranian-origin information and informational materials authorized under 31 CFR 560.315.
This OFAC general license to import includes publications, compact disks, and artworks. In order for artworks to be eligible for import under this general license, they must be classified under Heading 9701, 9702, or 9703 of the HTSUS.
Iranian-origin gifts authorized under 31 CFR 560.506.
This OFAC general license to import requires that the articles must be valued at no more than $100, and be of a type and in quantities normally given as gifts between individuals.
Accompanied baggage authorized under 31 CFR 560.507.
This OFAC general license to import is restricted to only articles that are necessary for personal use incident to travel, not intended for any other person or for sale, and are not otherwise prohibited from importation or exportation under applicable U.S. laws.
Household goods and personal effects authorized under 31 CFR 560.524(b).
This OFAC general license to import is restricted to articles that were actually used abroad by the importer or by other family members arriving from the same foreign household, must not be intended for any other person or for sale, and must not be otherwise prohibited from importation. It is noted that CBP Form 3299 is used to import household goods.
For background, refer to OFAC’s Iran sanctions resource page at
For questions, contact CBP’s Partner Government Agencies (PGA) Branch at email@example.com