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CBP Ag Specialists Intecept Macaw Lacking Export Certification, Go the Extra Mile to Care for Bird

Release Date: 
January 13, 2014

What some may call a job “for the birds” is all in a day’s work for CBP agriculture specialists at Laredo Port of Entry who recently intercepted a live macaw lacking proper export certification.

On December 26, 2013, a passenger entered through the pedestrian walkway at Gateway to the Americas Bridge with a live macaw after being rejected entry into Mexico by Mexican Customs due to a lack of U.S. exportation certification. The passenger stated that he had arrived in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico by bus but was rejected by Mexican Customs thereby returning to Gateway to the Americas Bridge as a pedestrian hoping to re-import the bird so the proper documentation could be obtained.

Live macaw rejected for entryCBP agriculture specialists took custody of the bird and advised the macaw’s owner of the official CBP processing procedures including the appropriate requirements for the bird’s exportation. The owner then advised that he intended to comply with any and all exportation requisites to be able to export the bird to Mexico, even if it did take up to six weeks to complete.

For the duration that the live macaw was in the custody of agriculture specialists, they went out of their way to make sure that the bird was fed and properly cared for. The ‘aggies’ took turns visiting and ensuring the bird’s overall well-being – even going as far as hand-feeding him.

Agriculture Specialist hand feeds macawCBP agriculture specialists cared for the macaw for at least a day before the macaw was remanded to the custody of U.S. Department of Agriculture-Veterinary Services for transfer to a proper quarantine facility so that the corresponding health and CITES certifications could be obtained for the macaw’s export to Mexico.

“I would like to commend our agriculture specialists for going above and beyond the call of duty and showing true dedication and compassion by taking excellent care of the macaw prior to its transfer to USDA Veterinary Services,” said Jose R. Uribe, Acting Port Director, Laredo Port of Entry.