HIDALGO, Texas— U. S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge has recently encountered multiple interceptions of prohibited agriculture products.
“As we approach the Christmas travel season it is important that the travelers are aware of what they can bring into the United States from other countries and what agricultural items are prohibited from entry in order to avoid fines and potential delays,” said Interim Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “CBP agriculture specialists work tirelessly to protect American agriculture from damage and infestation wreaked by harmful pests and plant diseases.”
Some of the recent agriculture interceptions include; coconuts with husk, sugar cane, apples, oranges, tulip cuttings, poinsettia cuttings, hog plums, avocadoes with seed and a box of live ticks. Attempting to bring in these or other prohibited agricultural items could lead to traveler delays and may result in a fine ranging from $300 to $1,000.
CBP would like to remind the public that fresh eggs, raw chicken and live birds or poultry continue to be prohibited from Mexico as Mexico is affected with Newcastle Disease and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Citrus fruit that is prohibited from personal importation includes the following: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, sour oranges and sweet limes. Other popular fruits that also are prohibited include guavas, mangoes, peaches and pomegranates.
The traveling public can learn more about bringing food items to the U.S. by consulting the attached link. For more information regarding prohibited fruits, vegetables, prepared foods and other items, please consult CBP’s “Know Before You Go” guide link.
For more detailed information about USDA guidelines for bringing agricultural items to the U.S., travelers can also examine the following link.
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.