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Facts and Figures about CBP Flower Inspections

Release Date: 
February 3, 2011

CBP processed approximately 320.8 million cut flower stems during the 2010 Valentine's season from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, compared to 148.5 million stems processed during the 2009 season -- an increase of 45 percent. Most of the cut flower shipments are imported from South America, primarily Colombia, with 211.9 million stems or 66 percent, followed by Ecuador with 70.5 million stems or 33 percent.

Miami ranks first among U.S. ports of entry for shipments of cut flower imports, followed by Los Angeles. The quantity of imported cut flowers processed by both ports during the 2010 Valentine's season has more than doubled compared to 2009 season.

During fiscal year 2010, CBP processed approximately 8.3 billion cut flower stems and Miami alone processed 4.5 billion stems.

During the 2010 Valentine's season:

  • CBP in Miami processed approximately 272 million stems, or 85 percent of the total imported cut flowers nationally, compared to 123 million stems imported during last year's season. Los Angeles has ranked second by processing 17.4 million flower stems during the 2010 Valentine's season, compared to 7.5 million stems imported during last year's season.
  • Approximately 198 million (or 93%) of cut flower stems imported from Colombia were processed in Miami, where the top cut flower imports are Roses, mixed bouquets, and Dianthus.
  • The imported cut flowers inspection process resulted in a total of 3,054 pest interceptions nationally. Miami intercepted 2,329 plant pests, followed by New York with 277 plant pests.
  • The most common type of insects intercepted in these cut flower imports are Thrips (Thripidae), Moths (Noctuidae), Aphididae (Aphids), and Miner Flies (Agromyzidae)

Top 10 ports of entry, by volume (number of stems), that processed shipments of cut flower imports for the 2010 Valentine season:

Location Quantity in Stems
Miami 272,093,769
Los Angeles 17,431,830
Otay Mesa, Calif. 6,730,563
Laredo, Texas 5,845,189
New York 5,011,630
Wilmington, Del. 2,616,643
Chicago 2,233,072
Newark, N.J. 1,670,480
Philadelphia 1,596,856
San Juan, P.R. 1,159,129

Top 10 Cut Flower Imports:

Commodity Stems
Rosa 62,278,324
Bouquet, Mixed 36,235,356
Dianthus 22,914,211
Chrysanthemum (pom-pon) 20,153,392
Dianthus (mini) 14,108,174
Bouquet, Rose 14,049,973
Alstroemeria 13,648,133
Chrysanthemum 7,638,236
Hydrangea 4,321,431
Gerbera 2,717,865

Top 6 Exporting Country of Origin:

Country of Origin Stems
Colombia 211,896,572
Ecuador 70,469,438
Mexico 13,416,400
Netherlands 9,170,145
Costa Rica 6,592,562
Thailand 2,544,120

Top 6 Ports of Entry, by Number of Plant Pests Intercepted From Shipments of Imported Cut Flowers:

Location Pests Intercepted
Miami 2,329
New York 277
Los Angeles 93
Chicago 84
San Juan, P.R. 63
Otay Mesa, Calif. 60

Top Types of Insects Found in Cut Flower Imports:

Pest Species/Family Pest Order Total Pests
Frankliniella / Thripidae Thysanoptera 748
Noctuidae / Noctuidae Lepidoptera 454
Aphididae / Aphididae Homoptera 297
Agromyzidae / Agromyzidae Diptera 256
Last modified: 
February 8, 2017