Giving – or hoping to get – Valentine’s Day flowers this year?
If so, it’s a good bet those Valentine’s Day flowers are making their way to the USA via Miami International Airport (MIA).
Around this time of year, MIA reminds us that 89 percent of all U.S. flower imports that arrive by air come through the Miami hub.
In 2019, that represented 240,162 tons of flowers valued at $1.1 billion.
In 2020, the peak season from January 1 to February 15 alone brought 1.1 billion stems through MIA. And, despite the pandemic, MIA expects a similar number of flowers to make their way here this year.
The flowers don’t just land and head off to florists. The agricultural specialist at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspect the flowers on arrival for pests.
Here are some more photos MIA shared of those specialists at work.