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Cut Flower Imports (FY 2014)

Release Date: 
January 23, 2015

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):
Commodity Stems
Rosa 275,132,801
Bouquet, Mixed 112,211,434
Bouquet, Rosa 76,212,925
Dianthus 52,196,012
Chrysanthemum (pom-pon) 43,004,858
Alstroemeria 33,217,811
Dianthus (mini) 25,749,128
Gypsophila 19,501,101
Tulipa 16,929,793
Chrysanthemum 15,695,068
Top 10 Exporting Country of Origin, by volume (number of stems):
Country Stems
Colombia 505,921,061
Ecuador 184,185,214
Mexico 43,128,608
Netherlands 21,301,219
Costa Rica 9,541,422
Kenya 8,318,794
Thailand 7,670,453
Guatemala 7,096,652
Peru 1,697,654
India 1,673,246
Top 10 Ports of Entry, by number of plant pests intercepted from shipments of imported cut flowers:
Location Pests Intercepted
FL Miami Air CBP 1422
CA Los Angeles CBP 383
CA Otay Mesa CBP 246
PR Aguadilla CBP 219
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
Last modified: 
February 8, 2017