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Revised Entry Requirements for Fresh Chilean Blueberries

Monday, January 13, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective Jan. 9, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service amended a Dec. 24, 2013, federal order concerning the entry requirements for fresh blueberry fruit (Vaccinium spp.) from Chile. To prevent the introduction of the European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana), APHIS is now requiring blueberry shipments from regions VI, VII and VIII (O'Higgins, Maule, Bio Bio) destined to the United States to be fumigated with methyl bromide at the point of origin or at the U.S. ports of arrival of Elizabeth, N.J.; Long Beach, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Wilmington, Del.; and Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, consignments not requiring fumigation (i.e., shipments from regions other than VI, VII and VIII) will be subjected to an increased rate of inspection, through the APHIS preclearance program, at the port of export.

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