CBP agriculture specialists inspecting Mother’s Day flowers


(Big 2/Fox 24) – Agricultural specialists with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer are in the midst of a busy week.

As many begin shipping out flowers to their Mothers this weekend, the agricultural specialists are tasked with inspecting flowers that are set to cross the U.S. border.

Specialists will inspect the flowers for insects, pests and potential diseases that could pose a risk to US floral industries.

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated Friday, according to the release from the USCBP, while the US will celebrate on Sunday.

“This is always one of the busiest weeks of the year for CBP agriculture specialists. Typically we note an increase in the number of floral imports arriving at area ports of entry,” said Hector Mancha, CBP Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “Vigilant CBP agriculture specialists are hard at work making certain that any imported floral arrangements are free from insects, pests or disease. The public can help by declaring all agricultural products they are importing.”

Those interested in sending flowers or other arrangements are asked to consult the CBP website here: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/clearing-cbp/bringing-agricultural-products-united-states

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