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Published February 20, 2013, 05:35 PM

Thousands of Willow Baskets Siezed at US - Canada Border

US Customs and Border Protection stopped two shipments of willow baskets crossing the Canadian Border. The material is illegal in the US because it could carry a disease that kills willow trees and is also host to several wood-boring pests.

US Customs and Border Protection stopped two shipments of willow baskets crossing the Canadian Border. The material is illegal in the US because it could carry a disease that kills willow trees and is also host to several wood-boring pests.

During an inspection of a rail container at International Falls, 990 cases containing the baskets were found, nearly 8,000 baskets in all. They originated in China and were destined for New York and Indiana. They will now be destroyed.

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