NEW YORK, N.Y. – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the New York area ports of entry are busy making sure that imported flowers used in Valentine’s Day bouquets are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.
“Valentine’s Day flowers can be a lovely present for that special someone, however they can carry pests that could cause serious damage to U.S. agriculture and our natural resources,” said New York Field Operations Director, Robert E. Perez. “This is why our CBP agriculture specialists are poised every holiday season to prevent the introduction of harmful insects and diseases in the U.S.”
In 2012, CBP agriculture specialists in New York processed approximately 40,000,000 cut flowers from more then 30 countries, consisting of carnations, alstromeria, roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and mixed bouquets.
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 border 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.