It’s prohibited, but there’s nothing unusual about passengers trying to bring pork products back to the United States from Spain. But Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Philadelphia International Airport admit the sight of a cured 12-pound swine leg, complete with bone and hoof, packed in someone’s luggage is a bit unusual.
Swine products from Spain cannot be imported to the U.S. without proper certificates because of concerns with foreign animal diseases such as Swine Fever.
The passenger, who was heading to Maryland, arrived Wednesday and was referred to a secondary inspection for declaring “a cured ham leg” in their luggage.
Passengers arriving from Spain can import ham products if they possess official governmental certifications. The passenger provided no certificates.
CBP agriculture specialists advised the passenger why the product was prohibited and seized the ham leg for destruction. The passenger was not fined due to their honesty.
Passengers who are less than truthful face monetary penalties. A typical penalty is $300, but repeat offenders may face penalties of $500 or more.