Nogales, Ariz. - As the holiday season wraps up, Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at Nogales, Ariz. ports of entry remind the traveling public to declare or beware of fines.
In the past 11 days, from December 20-30, CBP agriculture specialists at the Nogales ports of entry have assessed over $6,000 in fines to travelers for failing to declare items being brought from abroad. Fines have been assessed for failing declare items such as oranges, guavas, plants, live birds, pork meats, and meat products.
There are many agricultural products permitted into the United States; however, there are some products that can be very harmful to our nation's agriculture production and are of serious concern. If a traveler is not certain whether an item is prohibited, it is best to declare it to the officer to avoid any fines and delays in their travel.
For additional information on prohibited items, travelers are encouraged to consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site.
Information regarding foreign and U.S.-returned birds is also available at USDA Animal and Animal Product Import.
CBP provides a wide array on information on international travel as well.
CBP agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in agricultural and biological inspection. Their historic mission of preventing the introduction of harmful plant pests into the United States provides CBP with the expertise to recognize and prevent the entry of organisms that could potentially devastate entire segments of our agriculture-related economy.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in significant enforcement actions in all categories.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.