CBP in New York Ensures Valentine’s Day Bouquets are Free from Harmful Pests
NEW YORK – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the New York/New Jersey area ports of entry are busy making sure that imported flowers used in Valentine’s Day bouquets are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.
“Valentine’s Day flowers can be a lovely present for that special someone, however they can carry pests that could cause serious damage to U.S. agriculture and our natural resources,” said New York Field Operations Director, Troy Miller. “This is why our CBP agriculture specialists are poised every holiday season to prevent the introduction of harmful insects and diseases in the U.S.”
So far in FY2020 leading up to Valentine’s Day, CBP agriculture specialists in New York processed approximately 40,000,000 cut flowers from more than 34 countries, consisting of carnations, alstroemeria, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and mixed bouquets.
(The chart below show the numbers of stem-cut flowers inspected by CBP Agriculture Specialists at each port under the direction of the New York Field Office for Fiscal Year 2020, which began on October 1, 2019.)
At international ports of entry, land borders and mail facilities, CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of harmful insects, pests and diseases into the United States.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.