Miami - With Valentine's Day just around the corner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports used in Valentine's Day bouquets are free from insects and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.
Miami ranks first among U.S. ports of entry for shipments of cut flower imports, followed by Los Angeles. The quantity of imported cut flowers processed by both ports during the 2010 Valentine's season has more than doubled compared to the 2009 season.
Last year during Valentine's season, from January 1 to February 14:
The top 10 ports of entry, by volume (number of stems) that processed shipments of cut flower imports for the 2010 Valentine's Day season are:
Jan. 1-Feb. 14, 2010
|Location||Quantity in Stems|
|Otay Mesa, Calif.||6,730,563|
|San Juan, P.R.||1,159,129|
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.