Import of flowers via Miami for Valentine's Day

Published on Feb 13, 2017

At the Miami International Airport, tens of millions of flowers from South America were offloaded before being shipped across the country for Valentine's Day. (Feb 13)

As reported by the Miami Herald, behind the bouquet from your valentine, the single rose from a crush and the elaborate arrangement from a significant other, there’s a multibillion-dollar flower industry that thrives around this time each year.

Right on cue, billions of flowers are flowing into the U.S. to prepare for the big Valentine’s Day demand. Most arrive in Miami from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Netherlands. More than 90 percent of imported flowers move through Miami International Airport, according to UPS. The package delivery company is the largest air cargo carrier flying into MIA.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.