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CBP agriculture specialist De la Pena does a floral inspection to ensure that no pest enters our country. Photo by Ana Solis for The Laredo Sun.
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.
Wednesday, November 02, 2023
By: Special to The Laredo Sun
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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

 

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