Tips for holiday travellers headed for Mexico

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- This holiday season some Tucsonans will pack the car and hit the road for Mexico.

But the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has some tips to keep in mind before you head to the border.

Another busy day at the Nogales Port of Entry DeConcini station. U.S. Customs and border protection say they see 10 to 15,000 vehicles a day between the two Nogales ports of entry.

During the holiday season from thanksgiving until after the new year, the traffic increases.

"Travelers going south what happens is the number will probably increase by maybe 10 to 15 percent," said Joe Augsttini from U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Because of the increase in traffic, CBP has the know before you go program.  Tips for going into Mexico and returning back to the U.S.

One of the most common problems is returning to the U.S with prohibited produce.

"Fruits that are grown in Mexico are satiable to other diseases that are not known to occur in the United States," Augsttini said.

If you declare the agriculture products, it will save you from a fine which can be as low as $300 and as high as $1,000.

The best advice CBP has for when you're traveling across the border is to do your research and be prepared.

"Be prepared with the documents make sure you are familiar with the things that are prohibited and restricted be in compliance with the laws of the United States do a little bit of research particularly if you're traveling further south of the border," said Eloy Cortez from the U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Visit the Know Before You Go program.