San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently received instructions on amended regulations regarding poultry meat and poultry products. Officials are now urging travelers to be aware of the new requirements, and to always declare food items to CBP officials when entering a port of entry.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued an interim rule adding restrictions to live bird and poultry imports to protect the United States from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Additionally, this ruling also amended existing regulations related to Exotic Newcastle Disease (END). Currently, Mexico is a country recognized by APHIS as being affected by END.
The following changes were made for poultry products from HPAI or END affected regions, such as Mexico, as a result of the amended regulation:
As a reminder, travelers are strongly encouraged to declare all food items to CBP officials. Failure to declare prohibited agricultural items can result in civil penalties. Penalties for personal importations of undeclared and/or prohibited agricultural items, depending on the severity of the violation, can be as high as $1,000; and up to more than $250,000 for commercial importations.
Any media questions regarding the change in these requirements can be directed to the National Center for Import Export (NCIE) of the USDA-APHIS-VS at (301) 734-3277.