U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported eggs and poultry seizures increased by more than 108% at ports of entry at the southern border between October through December last year amid a spike in product prices in the United States.
Federal law prohibits uncooked eggs entering from Mexico into the U.S., which could result in penalties of up to $10,000 if travelers fail to declare such agriculture items, officials said.
“My advice is, don’t bring them over,” CBP Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Charles Payne told Border Report. “If you fail to declare them or try to smuggle them, you face civil penalties.”
Border officials announced the latest figures as the price for a dozen grade A large eggs hit approximately $4.25 in December, which totals about a 140% increase from