Love in Bloom: Miami Airport's Floral Frenzy on Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, Miami International Airport emerges as a crucial nexus for the U.S. floral industry, channeling 90% of the nation’s imported fresh cut flowers—totaling around 48,000 tons—across approximately 300 flights.

This year, Avianca Cargo delivered 460 million flowers from South America, roses and carnations from Bogota; pompons, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums from Medellin; and roses, carnations, and gypsophila from Quito.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s diligent inspections play an indispensable role in safeguarding these imports from pests and diseases, with specialists meticulously processing over 832 million stems, inspecting 75,000 cut flower sample boxes, and intercepting 1,100 plant pests, illustrating the extensive efforts undertaken to preserve the floral industry’s integrity and safety.

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