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Cut Flower Imports (FY 2015)

Release Date: 
February 9, 2016

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.

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CBP Agriculture Specialists inspect the flowers looking for plant pests.    Photo of pink, white and yellow roses

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During the 2015 Valentine’s season from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, CBP processed approximately 976 million cut flower stems, compared to 801 million stems during the 2014 season, an increase of 21 percent. 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 2015 Valentine season:
Location Quantity in Stems
FL Miami Air Cargo CBP 875,427,727
CA Los Angeles CBP 37,328,284
CA Otay Mesa CBP 25,167,096
NY JFK Air Cargo CBP 15,081,333
TX Laredo CBP 10,683,185
IL Chicago CBP 4,837,361
MA Boston CBP 2,630,418
PR Aguadilla CBP 2,096,220
NJ Newark CBP 1,836,635
HI Honolulu CBP 1,749,492
Top 10 Ports of Entry, by volume (number of stems), that processed shipments of Chamaedorea, Ferns and Sala imports for the 2015 Valentine season:
Location Quantity in Stems
TX Laredo CBP 3,601,861
FL Miami Air Cargo CBP 2,518,822
DE Wilmington CBP 1,278,600
CA Otay Mesa CBP 700,355
TX Hidalgo CBP 284,809
FL Port Everglades CBP 254,384
CA Los Angeles CBP 82,594
PR San Juan Air CBP 58,000
TX Progreso CBP 41,988
TX Brownsville CBP 20,211
Top 10 Cut Flower Imports, by volume (number of stems):
Commodity Stems
Rosa 357,675,390
Bouquet, Mixed 152,930,345
Dianthus 74,179,344
Bouquet, Rosa 72,301,507
Chrysanthemum (pom-pon) 68,879,204
Alstroemeria 39,175,161
Dianthus (mini) 35,690,159
Gypsophila 21,085,582
Chrysanthemum 20,290,740
Tulipa 15,171,337
Top 10 Exporting Country of Origin, by volume (number of stems):
Country Stems
Colombia 694,453,555
Ecuador 188,597,055
Mexico 38,049,730
Netherlands 20,039,505
Costa Rica 10,516,051
Thailand 7,942,016
Kenya 6,847,891
Guatemala 6,835,964
Israel 2,165,419
Peru 1,867,709
Top 10 Ports of Entry, by number of plant pests intercepted from shipments of imported cut flowers:
Location Pests Intercepted
FL Miami Air CBP 1467
CA Los Angeles CBP 372
PR Aguadilla CBP 307
CA Otay Mesa CBP 267
NY JFK CBP 150
TX El Paso CBP 114
CA Calexico CBP 69
CA San Ysidro CBP 52
IL Chicago CBP 38
TX Laredo CBP 34
Last modified: 
February 8, 2017