We all remember the toilet paper shortage, everyone was stocking up on toilet tissue because of the desperate fear of running out. Even if it wasn’t necessary, it was a legitimate fear, what would you do and what would you use if you run out? You have to use something!
Now, the latest shortage is a little different, there seems to be an egg scarcity. Avian flu and other factors are causing a similar hysteria for some. Fewer hens equal fewer eggs. However, unless you own a restaurant or somewhere you absolutely need eggs, we can all get by for at least a few days or more without them.
How much does a dozen eggs cost now? I’ve seen as much as six dollars, so some seem to think paying $3.40 for a pack of 30 eggs is an awesome deal, so they’re going to Juarez, Mexico where they can pay that price. That right, a mere one dollar and thirty-six cents a dozen. However, it is illegal to transport raw eggs across the border. Nevertheless, that is not deterring some people who need their eggs and want them cheap. People are flocking south of the border to get their much-needed supply.
According to Border Report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been seizing a higher than normal amount of eggs at the Mexican border. In fact, egg seizures were up 108 percent during the last three months of 2022 compared to 2021.
CBP supervisory agriculture specialist Charles Payne warns that it’s not worth breaking the law. “If you fail to declare them or try to smuggle them, you face civil penalties.” Fines can be as much as ten thousand dollars. He also shared that any eggs that they confiscate will be incinerated.
One final thought, Easter is less than two and a half months away, buena suerte! Maybe this phrase will come in handy, “cuanto por los huevos.”