CBP Watching What Flowers You Try To Cross The Border With This Mother’s Day
Families on both sides of the border will be celebrating mom this week, and that means lots of flowers will be going back and forth across the border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists will be keeping an eye on what you are trying to cross with to make sure that Mother’s Day flowers don't bring insects, pests or diseases into the U.S. that could cause problems for our agricultural and floral industries.
Mexicans will celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, and the U.S. celebration of mom is this Sunday, and because so many people will be crossing to visit their families, CBP says that makes their job a lot harder this week. If you don’t know what kind of flowers you can cross from Mexico into the US, you can check out the CBP website.
Some of the flowers that won’t be allowed to cross from Mexico into the US include gladiolas, chrysanthemums, and choysia, which is a filler type flower, because of the pest risk.
If you think you can sneak those bouquets into the US, you should know that you could be facing civil or criminal charges if you get caught.