Thousands of US Christmas trees imported into state

Cancun, Q.R. – The state of Quintana Roo inspects and approves 3,000 American Christmas trees for import.

‘Tis the season for inspections as the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) conducted inspections on 3,000 trees set aside to be imported into the state of Quintana Roo. The Christmas tree inspections were carried out to ensure all the trees entering the state were healthy, pest-free and in prime condition.

Tree inspections were conducted across all border areas of the country as local stores and tree farms begin their inventory of traditional Christmas trees. In Nuevo Laredo, Profepa reported the discovery boll weevils in some of the trees.

The trees are grown on artificial tree farms (as opposed to natural forest farming) in the United States exclusively for export to other countries. The two main species of trees that make their way into Mexico each year are pine and fir.

Although Mexico produces nearly one million of its own trees each year in the Christmas Tree Forest in Amecameca, State of Mexico, they still import nearly 2 million more from the US with a small amount coming from Canada. Each year, the US consumes between 35 and 40 million trees over the holiday season.

The Christmas trees imported into Mexico originate from Oregon. Each year around the third week of November, US trees are imported into the country. Inspections will continue until the first week of December when the last of them are expected to cross the border.

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