U.S. CBP reminds travelers of prohibited items during Easter holiday crossings
POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:40pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:06am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso say they expect heavy traffic at El Paso's ports of entry because of Holy Week and the Easter holiday.
CBP wants to remind travelers about certain items they're not allowed to bring to the U.S. from Mexico.
Most meats, especially pork, are prohibited, as well as eggs, and only certain fruits and vegetables are allowed.
"All vegetables, except potatoes and sweet potatoes, are allowed. For fruits, almost all fruits are prohibited, except there are a few that are allowed. An example are papayas, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, those are allowed from Mexico," said CBP Agricultural Specialist, Catherine Vasquez.
CBP officials say confetti eggs, or "cascarones," which are also popular around this time of year, are limited to 10 per person.
The fine for not declaring items is $300.