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Valentine Flowers and Treats: CBP Field Operations Advises Travelers to ‘Know Before You Go’

Release Date: 
February 10, 2015

DEL RIO, Texas— With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are advising travelers to “Know Before You Go”.

A CBP agriculture specialist inspects flowers for potential foreign plant pests.

A CBP agriculture specialist inspects flowers for potential foreign plant pests.

“The most important thing to remember when entering the U.S. is always to declare what you are bringing so that you avoid further delays and/or penalties,” said Port Director Alberto Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “Fines of $300 to $1,000 may result from failure to declare agricultural items.

"Before going to Mexico, travelers can ask a CBP agriculture specialist what they can bring back.”

Although chocolate-covered strawberries are perfectly fine to cross, there are some other favorites to avoid. Many fruits such as melons, berries, pineapples and bananas are admissible, but most citrus is prohibited. Some commonly seized fruits are apples, oranges, mangos, guavas and pears. Flowers are another popular item this time of year. Admissible flowers such as roses, carnations, and daisies are the most common. However, other flowers such as mums, gladiolus and some greenery are prohibited. Agriculture commodities must be inspected by CBP agriculture specialists to prevent the entry of foreign plant pests and diseases into the United States.

Travelers can call the Del Rio Port of Entry at (830) 703-2012 or visit the "Know Before You Go" section of the website to obtain more information about what they can and cannot import.  More information and images regarding CBP agriculture specialists’ ongoing efforts to prevent the entry of plant pests and diseases through examinations of cut flower imports may be found on the Cut Flowers webpage.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017