United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the principal agencies under the leadership of DHS, has released an updated list detailing items prohibited from entry into the US. These goods fall under a variety of classifications, including “dangerous toys, cars that don’t protect their occupants in a crash, bush meat, or illegal substances like absinthe and Rohypnol”.

Many of these items are available for legal purchase while abroad, presenting a potential quagmire for international travelers. In order to avoid purchasing and effectively smuggling these illegal goods into the country, CBP recommends travelers to familiarize themselves with the given prohibited and restricted items prior to departure.

Due to the hundreds of laws that regulate and restrict the importation of goods into the US, one must understand the given consequences prior to purchase. These items are not limited to individual travelers attempting to bring back souvenirs from vacation, rather they place a much heavier burden on potential importers.

Considering that fair and free trade reside highly on the government’s priorities, many seemingly harmless goods are subjected to extra scrutiny, as well as duties or penalties. Many importers of prohibited or restricted items may not even be cognizant of their malfeasance. However, ignorance is not a defense for criminality. For this reason, DTL highly recommends international travelers and importers alike to review the listed items and they perform pre-compliance PRIOR to importing.

Diaz Trade Law provides expert assistance primarily for companies attempting to comply with the multitude of U.S. federal laws and regulations related to both import and export transactions as well as supply chain security. We are passionate about strategizing with clients to achieve successful results and optimizing compliance with U.S. federal government agencies. We represent global clients of every size, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, call us today at 305-456-3830 or email info@diaztradelaw.com.