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NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

CBP Agriculture Prepares for Valentine’s Day

Release Date: 
February 13, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – In the days leading to Valentine’s Day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s officers and agriculture specialists will be busy with travelers arriving at Arizona ports of entry. Groceries, plants, medications, liquor, pets and personal purchases made in Mexico need to be declared when returning to the United States.

As Valentine’s Day approaches CBP recommends to individuals bringing flower arrangements from Mexico to be aware of prohibited flowers and floral fillers that are not allowed into the United States from Mexico. Some of the prohibited cut flowers seen in this area are chrysanthemums, mock orange, choysia, cedar, and juniper. If found, agriculture specialists will have to remove the stems from the flower arrangement. Individuals purchasing floral arrangements in Mexico for import to the U.S. should advise their florist so prohibited plant species will not be used in the arrangement.

For other items such as fresh produce, meats, personal purchases, or gifts, the public will need to declare at the time of inspection to expedite travel and avoid receiving a civil penalty or seizure of the item. Items such as plants and soil are prohibited. Penalties for failure to declare or smuggling can be issued if an individual is trying to import a prohibited product.

Prohibited agriculture items are not allowed to enter the U.S. from foreign countries because they are known to harbor harmful pests and disease. Agriculture specialists ensure that plant and animal pests and diseases are detected and stopped from being introduced into the United States where they could cause harm. Agriculture specialists assigned to the Tucson Field Office performing agriculture exams at Arizona ports recorded a total of 43,044 quarantine material interceptions and 6,074 pest interceptions during fiscal year 2017. They also issued 592 violations to passengers and crew members, along with more than 2000 treatments performed.

More travel information can be found at or the CBP INFO Center at

Video of CBP floral inspections can be found at the following links:

CBP Agriculture Specialist Officers Inspect Flowers for Harmful Bugs and Pests at the Port of Miami.

CBP Agriculture Specialists inspect imported flowers for foreign diseases and pests. B-roll plus soundbites.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists inspect fresh cut flowers at the Miami Air Cargo facility.


Last modified: 
February 13, 2018