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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Wooden Handicraft, Citrus Imports

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Wooden Handicrafts. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through March 28 comments on the proposed extension and revision of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of wooden handicrafts from China. This collection currently includes an identification tag that must be used on such imports and a merchandise tag containing the identity of the product manufacturer that must be applied to each shipping package in China prior to export and remain attached to the package until it reaches the location at which the wooden handicraft will be sold in the U.S. APHIS is now adding two other elements: a fumigation certificate verifying that the articles have been treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305, and an application for the required import permit.

Citrus Fruit. APHIS is also accepting through Feb. 26 comments on the existing information collection on the importation of citrus from Peru. APHIS regulations allow the importation, under certain conditions, of fresh commercial citrus fruit (grapefruit, limes, mandarin oranges or tangerines, sweet oranges and tangelos) from approved areas of Peru. APHIS will collect information that includes fruit fly management program inspections by national plant protection organization officials from Peru, grower registration and agreement, fruit fly trapping and monitoring, recordkeeping and phytosanitary certificates. Without this information APHIS could not verify that (1) fruit was treated; (2) citrus canker, fruit flies and other pests were destroyed by treatment; or (3) the treatment was adequate to prevent the risk of plant pests from entering into the U.S.

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