U-S Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists have been stopping potentially threatening shipping containers from coming in to North Dakota.
During an inspection of a rail container in International Falls, Minnesota— a shipment that could’ve made its way all over the U-S, including North Dakota– was turned away.
The shipment, originally from China, was said to have contained dangerous grass flies.
The grass fly is a pest that feed on the secretions around the eyes and nose of animals and humans, and can spread dangerous bacteria.
Gene Krause, Branch Chief CBP Agriculture, says monitoring what comes in to the country is essential to protecting our agriculture.
“We need to be aware of all items that are being shipped into the united states are potential threats, that could be harboring dangerous pests. So, its a matter of identifying where’s the product coming from. Then we look at what are the threats of that country where it’s coming from, so that’s how we do our targeting,” said Krause.
Specialists also seized a false chinch bug in a shipment of screws from Taiwan, in Portal.
And in Pembina, Border Protection discovered a shipment of protected plants that included Ginseng and Dendrobium.