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USDA Information Collections Under Review

Monday, December 19, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture is requesting comments no later than Feb. 14, 2012, on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the following.

• Citrus from Peru – For imports of fresh citrus (grapefruit, limes, mandarins or tangerines, sweet oranges and tangelos) from Peru, USDA regulations require the use of information collection activities, including inspections by national plant protection organization officials from Peru, grower registration and agreement, fruit fly trapping, monitoring, recordkeeping and a phytosanitary certificate.

• Health certificates for the export of live crustaceans, finish, mollusks and related products – Many countries that import animals from the United States require a certification that the United States is free of certain diseases. These countries may also require the certification statement to contain additional declarations regarding the U.S. animals or products being exported. U.S. trading partners are increasing import requirements, which must be addressed using one of the three Veterinary Services export health certificates or country-specific export health certificates. The current information collection includes VS Form 17–141, and USDA is revising this collection to add VS Form 17–140 and APHIS Form 7001.

• Hass avocados from Peru – For imports of Hass avocados from Peru, USDA regulations require the use of information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates, trust funds, work plans, recordkeeping, inspection of packinghouses, box marking and shipping documents.

• Peppers from Central America – For imports of peppers from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, USDA regulations require the use of information collection activities, including inspections by Central American national plant protection organization officials; fruit fly trapping, monitoring and recordkeeping; box labeling; and a phytosanitary certificate.

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