CIUDAD JUAREZ – At the end of November of this year, it will be prohibited until further notice that cross-border travelers introduce chili peppers and tomatoes from Mexico to the United States through the ports of entry.
The measure will apply only to individuals who use day-to-day border crossings or who arrive in the country through airports, which includes fruits from all countries.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will increase inspections of shipments of tomatoes and peppers that enter the United States commercially. The objective is to avoid the introduction of the “coffee tomato fruit virus,” which affects these vegetables. This measure aims to protect the multimillion-dollar North American chili pepper and tomato production industry.
The increase in inspections is a consequence of a federal order issued by the Animal and Plant Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, which imposes restrictions on the import of batches of tomato seeds and peppers.