If you’re planning on going to Juarez to do some Valentine’s Day shopping this weekend, or Easter shopping later in March, you’ll need to know what you can and can’t bring back to the U.S. If you buy something in Mexico, you have to declare it at the border.

If you don’t declare something you bought, it can either be seized by CBP agents or you could face smuggling charges for trying to import a prohibited product.

The CBP says your best course of action is to give yourself plenty of time to declare your purchases before you cross back over to the U.S.


Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, guavas, peaches, and pomegranates. Some meats, flowers, and plants are also prohibited. According to the CBP website, a hard and fast list is hard to find because there are seasonal outbreaks of diseases and pests that you'll only find out about if you try to cross a prohibited item into the U.S. There is a lot of information on the CBP website concerning crossing over items from Mexico.