MIAMI—Flowers are the most popular gift item during Valentine’s Day celebrations, but they could also be the hiding place for dangerous insects and diseases. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) highly trained agriculture specialists at Miami International Airport spend numerous hours inspecting cut flower imports to ensure that these are pest free.
Miami International Airport ranks first among United States ports of entry for shipments of cut flower imports, followed by Los Angeles. Miami Agriculture Air Cargo operations leads all United States airports with 88 percent of fresh-cut flowers and 74 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables imported into the United States every year.
“CBP here in Miami plays a vital role during Valentine’s Day celebrations. Our agriculture specialists work tirelessly to ensure that hitchhiking pests are intercepted before reaching your homes and your loved ones. The economic ramifications of allowing harmful and destructive pests into our county can be devastating to the United States flower industry,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher D. Maston.
During the 2016 Valentine’s season:
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.