USDA protects America’s agriculture and forests from invasive insects and plant diseases that can consume and kill many species of plants, trees and food crops. Invasive plant pests cost our nation about $40 billion each year in damage and eradication costs, lost trade revenue, and higher food prices at home due to reduced crop yields.
Few people think about invasive pests when enjoying some rest and relaxation. But simply bringing back souvenirs like fresh produce, flowers, plants or crafts made from plants or wood can have devastating impacts on our farms, forests or backyards.
This year, when you make your travel plans, also plan to play it safe. Learn which items are safe to bring back by visiting USDA’s “Traveler Information” page. And always declare any plants, soil, fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, flowers or souvenirs made from plants or wood, so a USDA official can inspect them and make sure they’re pest free.
Thinking about mailing a package of fruit, vegetables or plants to someone stateside? Call your local USDA office in
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