Illegal souvenirs that could land you in trouble
Customs and Border Protection agency says it seizes hundreds of thousands of items each year from travelers trying to take them through customs. Among the most popular seized inadmissible souvenirs are undeclared goods and counterfeit items, such as designer clothing, media, watches and purses. Footwear or leatherwear made from endangered or protected species also makes the list as well as what the agency considers ‘consumables,’ such as herbs, meats, cheese, sausages, Cuban cigars, absinthe and medications.
Thinking about getting a knock off purse or wallet while traveling internationally? Destinations like Hong Kong and Shanghai have high quality counterfeit and pirated goods that are very tempting to the tourist. But be aware if you are caught with pirated or counterfeit items in your luggage when you come back, you will lose the items and may have to pay a big fine. Things like designer handbags, soccer jerseys and baseball caps are counterfeit or trademark infringed items are some of the most popular banned items it confiscates. However, CBP says travelers coming back to the states may be allowed one item of each type if it is for personal use and not to be re sold.