Toward More Effective Pest Prevention
Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors are the first line of defense against introduction of harmful new invasive plant and animal pests and diseases. While plant consignments are referred to USDA for examination, CBP handles the vast majority of inspections of cargoes of all types. Considering that some of our most spectacular pest threats like emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly have entered on general cargo or wood packaging, CBP’s role is an essential one.
AmericanHort recently joined with an array of similarly concerned agriculture-related organizations in calling on Congress to advance H.R. 4482, Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019, a bill authorizing funding to hire additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel needed to conduct Agriculture Quarantine Inspection at the international ports of entry. The Senate version of this bill, S. 2107, was recently approved by the Senate by unanimous consent.