Mandarin Oranges from Canada are Banned from Import into the United States
"Typically we see an influx of Christmas Oranges around the holiday season and when Canadian citizens' travel to southern states for the winter," said Pembina Area Port Director Mary Delaquis. "We just want to get the word out that these products are prohibited from being imported into the United States."
There are many types of fresh fruit, vegetables and live plants that may enter Canada from tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world but are prohibited from entry in to the United States. Oranges are one example because they can harbor plant pests and diseases that could severely impact U.S. agriculture.
Travelers should not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy, poultry products, or firewood into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted. They should also declare to CBP all agriculture products they may be carrying, to avoid fines and delays. For more information for restrictions on agricultural products, please visit the "Know Before You Go" section of the CBP website. You may also contact a Pembina CBP agriculture specialist at 701-825-6551 extension 324.
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.