Customs will Inspect 1 Billion Flowers Imported for Valentine’s Day

Customs and Border Protection officials are expecting to process and inspect more than 1 billion imported stems of flowers in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day next Wednesday, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson confirmed Friday.

Although the DHS agency is often associated with apprehending illegal immigrants and narcotics on land and sea, its Miami branch is known as the headquarters for floral importation inspections between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 every year.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

“People don’t think of agriculture when they think of Customs and Border Protection — however, CBP agriculture specialists work diligently to protect our country from invasive species that have the potential to damage ecosystems and our economy,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke.

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