Valentine’s Day calls for flowers, but can all types of flowers cross the border?

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – It is that time of the year when flower shops are busy, however, some people in the borderland opt to purchase flowers in Juarez at a reduced price.

KTSM 9 News reporter Shelby Kapp spoke with customs and border protection agents about why you have to be careful when choosing flowers that will be crossed at a port of entry.

Officials told Shelby that the days leading up to Valentine’s Day are the busiest days for their agriculture specialists, who are tasked with checking each flower coming into the U.S. and making sure the flowers won’t bring any disease or pests into our city.

Tune into KTSM 9 News at 5 and 6 to find out up to how much you can face in fines if you do not declare flowers at ports of entry, and which flowers are and aren’t permitted to cross.

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