Del Rio, Texas - At U.S. ports of entry, admissibility standards are in place to avoid the introduction of plant- or animal-borne pests or diseases from foreign countries. Items requiring inspection by CBP agriculture specialists include: meats, fruits, vegetables, living plant material, soil, live animals, and plant and animal products.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists receive special training and education in the identification and detection of diseases and harmful insects that can accompany many items imported into the United States.
Due to the constant change of various plant diseases, animal diseases and harmful insect populations in Mexico, the list of permitted items that are admissible from Mexico is constantly changing. When returning from Mexico travelers are required to declare all foods and agriculture commodities.
Since most travelers are not well-versed in the intricacies involved in admissibility of imported items, it is vital that anyone entering the United States follow CBP regulations and declare anything acquired outside the country, to CBP officers. Failure to declare imported items, regardless of origin, can result in a travel delay and a fine of up to $1,000. Travelers who declare inadmissible goods are simply subject to forfeiting the items.
Travelers are always encouraged and welcome to stop at their local port of entry, before entering Mexico, to request an updated permitted items list. Travel information is also available on the CBP Web site, or by calling toll free 1-866-SAFGUARD.
Agriculture products imported by travelers must be for personal consumption. Bringing more than 50 pounds of agricultural or food products into the country is considered commercial importation and is subject to additional reporting requirements.
Popular grocery items from Mexico that are permissible but still subject to inspection include:
*Chile Manzano, Manzano Rocoto Pepper, or Chamburoto are prohibited.
**accompanied by an original certificate issued by an official of the National Government of the region of origin.
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.