Border patrol warns of ‘importation of flowers’ for Mother’s Day weekend

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol wants to remind people of the restrictions and dangers associated with importing flowers to give as gifts for Mother’s Day. This includes “certain commodities imported from Mexico.”

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest weekends of the year in the United States for flower sales and deliveries. Last year, it was estimated that Americans spent more than $3 billion on flowers for Mother’s Day. This included flowers imported into the country, which can pose a threat to the nation’s “agriculture and environment,” according to CBP.

“Mother’s Day is one of the busiest times of year for flower imports, which can carry pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment,” read a press release from CBP. “Certain flowers, greenery, potted plants, and soil are prohibited to prevent the introduction of plant
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