Pembina, N.D. - With the spring travel season upon us, U.S. Customs and Border Protection would like to remind importers and the traveling public of a product popular this time of year which is banned from import into the U.S.
Kinder eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg, and are usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. These eggs are a popular treat during the Easter holiday season. Kinder eggs are a prohibited item because they contain a toy surprise hidden inside that poses a choking and aspiration hazard for children younger than three years of age.
The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule, and has small parts that may require assembly. Each egg contains a different toy. Many of the toys have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and have been determined to present a choking hazard for young children. Kinder eggs may not be imported into the U.S., and will be confiscated and destroyed, or the traveler may be allowed to return to Canada with their kinder eggs.
As in years past, CBP, the Food and Drug Administration, and CPSC work in close collaboration to ensure the safety of imported goods. Travelers are encouraged to visit the CBP website for useful information and publications such as "Know Before You Go" regarding what items travelers can legally bring into the U.S
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.