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USDA Streamlines Risk Assessment and Rulemaking Processes to Speed Trade

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Nov. 14 plans to improve its processes for conducting risk assessments and rulemaking as part of an effort to support trade. APHIS reviewed these processes in response to trading partners’ requests to ship new plants, animals and products to the U.S. and found that streamlining the drafting of risk assessments, improving project management and tracking, and assigning deadlines to specific steps should result in “dramatic improvements, including time-savings of more than 70 percent.” Overall, APHIS states, these process improvements will help it evaluate import requests in a more reasonable timeframe, leading to improved trading relationships with foreign partners that in turn could help create new market opportunities for U.S. products.

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