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USDA Proposes to Update Information Collection on Imports of Hass Avocados from Peru

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public comments through Aug. 17 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of Hass avocados from Peru into the  continental United States. These information collection activities include phytosanitary certificates, trust funds, workplans, recordkeeping, production site registration, monitoring and oversight of registered production sites, packinghouse registration, survey protocols, box markings, and shipping documents with the official registration number of the place of production and identification of packing shed.

APHIS found that production site and packinghouse registration, box markings, and the time it takes for businesses to escort inspectors for the required monitoring were omitted from the previous information collection. It is also adjusting the burden hours for the trust fund and workplan activities to more accurately capture the time needed and increasing the estimated annual number of respondents from two to eight to reflect an increase in trade and additional companies participating in the export of Hass avocados from Peru into the continental U.S.

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