CBP’s comprehensive approach to border management and control includes protecting agriculture and U.S. economic interests from harmful pests and diseases.
Each day, CBP prevents potentially harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S. at more than 300 ports of entry. This mission is highlighted as CBP agriculture specialists process cut flower imports for the Valentine’s season.
During the 2014 Valentine’s season from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, CBP processed approximately 801 million cut flower stems. Here are the facts and figures about CBP flower inspections.
|Top 10 Ports of Entry, by volume (number of stems), that processed shipments of cut flower imports for the 2014 Valentine season:|
|Location||Quantity in Stems|
|FL Miami Air Cargo CBP||674,345,632|
|CA Los Angeles CBP||45,397,889|
|CA Otay Mesa CBP||25,694, 413|
|TX Laredo CBP||12,750,595|
|NY JFK Air Cargo CBP||11,447,124|
|IL Chicago CBP||4,895,268|
|NJ Newark CBP||3,462,653|
|TX Laredo CBP Colombia||2,610,891|
|NY JFK CBP||2,388,416|
|PR San Juan Air CBP||2,373,342|
|Top 10 Cut Flower Imports, by volume (number of stems):|
|Top 10 Exporting Country of Origin, by volume (number of stems):|
|Top 10 Ports of Entry, by number of plant pests intercepted from shipments of imported cut flowers:|
|FL Miami Air CBP||1422|
|CA Los Angeles CBP||383|
|CA Otay Mesa CBP||246|
|PR Aguadilla CBP||219|
|NY JFK CBP||212|
|PR San Juan Air CBP||93|
|TX El Paso CBP||72|
|TX Dallas/Fort Worth CBP||37|
|TX Laredo CBP||27|
|IL Chicago CBP||26|
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.