Yes, it's that time of the year again. The Easter Bunny is just around the corner! With the Easter 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 the year which is banned from import into the United States.
Kinder Chocolate Eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. They are a popular treat and collector's item during holiday periods in various countries around the world, including those in Europe, South America and even Canada. A toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy. Many of the toys that have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the past were determined to present a choking hazard for young children.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert for Kinder Eggs, because they are a confectionery product with a non-nutritive object imbedded in it. As in years past, CBP, the Food and Drug Administration and CPSC work in close collaboration to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling and testing products that may present such import safety hazards. (Food and Drug Administration)
Last year, CBP officers discovered more than 25,000 of these banned chocolate eggs. More than 2,000 separate seizures were made of this product.
As in years past, CBP generally sees some commercial shipments; however, a majority of the shipments arrive as small personal shipments at mail and express courier facilities.
Travelers are encouraged to visit the CBP Web site at for useful information and publications such as "Know Before You Go" regarding what items travelers can legally bring into the United States. Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.