CBP to prohibit select flowers at border crossings - Tucson News Now

CBP to prohibit select flowers at border crossings

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Customs agents warn people traveling from Mexico into the U.S. with Valentine's Day flowers to be aware that some arrangements won't be allowed through Arizona border crossings.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will not allow Chrysanthemums, gladiolas, orange jasmine and all plants potted in soil to cross the border from Mexico. Roses, carnations, and most other flowers are allowed into the U.S. after they pass inspection, according to a news release.

"We work to protect U.S. agriculture resources from harmful pests, so we thoroughly inspect agriculture products brought across the border," said Tracy Filippi, Agriculture Program Manager, for the Tucson Field Office. "We want travelers to know ahead of time what they can and cannot bring into the country so there are no surprises at the port of entry."

CBP agriculture specialists check that flower imports are insect and disease-free throughout the year, but more so on Valentine's Day.

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