CBP warning travelers of prohibited items

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PHARR, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are warning international travelers not to import prohibited items. It can lead to fines or even the revocation of your Travel visa. CBP officials say they have seen an increase in international travelers attempting to bring in prohibited items.

Philip Barrera, CBP Supervisor and Public Affairs Liaison, “We want to alert people to be very cautious about trying to bring in items indiscreetly trying to hide them.”

From items like chorizo to some fruits and flowers to pets, officials say they have seen it all and warn it could cost you.

Barrera says, “The last thing we need is for you to get fined and we have been issuing fines lately for people not declaring items. For example a couple of avocados or some slices of mango could cost you $300.”

If you’ve been cited before, that fine could be increased to $500 or more.  But it’s not just fines they warn about. Trusted travelers who use SENTRI lines could have their enrollment permanently denied or Mexican nationals, their visa’s revoked.

Barrera adds, “If you do bring these items be sure and declare them. If they are prohibited or whether or not just to be on the safe side.”

For all you need to know before you travel, visit this link: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/know-before-you-visit

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