A U.S. citizen returning from Europe surrenders toy-stuffed, egg-shaped confections. An Asian visitor surrenders fake U.S. currency intended to be used during a ritual burial. A European visitor surrenders fine Cuban-made Corona cigars. A U.S. citizen surrenders a narcotic pipe purchased during a Caribbean vacation.These stories are true. More than a million returning travelers and foreign visitors enter the United States by sea, by vehicle or by air every day. Some attempt to enter the country with items that are prohibited by law as dangerous to citizens, agriculture or commerce, or that are prohibited by international laws and treaties. Consequently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were duty-bound to detain and destroy these and many other types of inadmissible items. CBP urges citizens to take one step equally as important in planning their vacations -visit its "Know Before You Go" Web site at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/tra vel/vacation/kbyg/. The site provides travel-related regulations and tips to help protect the traveler.
To provide travelers a sense of the prohibited items that CBP officers seize most often, the CBP Baltimore Field Operations Office is releasing the following Top-10 list of inadmissible items.
Top-10 Most-Seized Inadmissible Items 1. Smaller Kinder or Caffarel Eggs (small toy-stuffed chocolate confections). 2. Cuban cigars. 3. Fresh, dried, canned meats or meat products. 4. Many types of fruits and vegetables. 5. Counterfeit commercial merchandise (handbags, watches, clothing, etc.). 6. Most plants, cuttings, seeds, unprocessed plant products or plant-based handicrafts. 7. Many types of medications purchased outside the U.S. 8. Drugs and drug paraphernalia. 9. Absinthe (a distilled spirit containing thujone known to produce psychedelic effects) 10. Fake U.S. currency, or Hell Notes that appear too similar to legitimate U.S. currency.