Traveling outside of the country? Don't Pack a Pest!


Don’t Pack a Pest partnerships are formed to improve inter-governmental cooperation in carrying out agricultural safeguarding activities in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Partners include agencies, countries and industries that serve the international traveler. Partnerships involve placement of program signage and videos in major ports of entry, and community outreach activities to further the reach of program messages. 

Please see below for our growing list of partners. 

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 

To protect agricultural health, the  USDA Animal   and  Plant Health Inspection Service is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases. If major agricultural pests and diseases were left unchecked, they would result in several billions of dollars in production and marketing losses annually. Foreign trading partners could also invoke trade restrictions causing producers to suffer devastating losses.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

Responsible for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a large force of Agricultural Specialists at U.S. ports of entry and international mail facilities. These specialists are trained to detect hidden threats in passenger baggage, truckloads, trainloads and containers of agricultural imports that could potentially threaten U.S. agriculture, our natural resources and our economy. Annually, these specialists intercept tens of thousands of pests identified as being dangerous to the health and safety of U.S. agricultural resources.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) 

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.

California Department of Food and Agriculture

A cabinet-level agency in the government of California. Established in 1919 by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor William Stephens, the California Department of Food and Agriculture is responsible for ensuring the state's food safety, the protection of the state's agriculture from invasive species, and promoting the California agricultural industry.

United States Department of Agriculture Customs and Border Patrol Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services California Department of Food & Agriculture