Palm Trees From Mexico Not Allowed
POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 9:41am
UPDATED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 9:41pm
EL PASO - If you lost a palm tree in the deep freeze and are thinking of buying one in Mexico and taking it across the border into El Paso, Customs and Border Protection said today that will not be allowed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations in El Paso said they've received numerous calls from people wanting to know if they can bring their palm tree purchases across the border. But CBP said that all plants and seeds for planting are not allowed into the U.S. from Mexico because of potential diseases or insect threats.
“We want to help people avoid penalties by getting this word out now,” said Bill Molaski, U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Port Director in a statement. “Area residents should not attempt to import these items because they do pose an agricultural threat.”
Below are some photos of plants recently seized at the border.