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USDA Reviewing Import Information Collections

Thursday, June 06, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 5 on the proposed extension of the following information collections.

Tuberculosis Testing for Imported Cattle from Mexico – APHIS collects information using form VS 17-129, Application for Import or In-Transit Permit, and VS 17-29, Declaration of Importation. APHIS collects information from the permit application regarding the type, number and identification of the animals to be exported to the U.S. as well as information concerning the origin, intended date and location of arrival, routes of travel, and destination of the animals. Cattle imported from Mexico must be accompanied by a Customer Declaration under APHIS import requirements. APHIS also collects information that certifies that the herd in which the cattle was born and raised has tested TB-negative to a whole herd test.

Cut Flowers from Countries with Chrysanthemum White Rust – Imports of cut flowers that are hosts of CWR from countries where the disease is known to occur must be accompanied by a phytosanitary inspection certificate completed by plant health officials in the originating or transiting country. APHIS uses the information on this certificate to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country. Flowers must also be grown in a production site that is registered with the national plant protection organization of the country in which the production site is located or with the NPPO’s designee, and the NPPO or its designee must provide a list of registered sites to APHIS. The information is used as a guide to the intensity of the inspection that APHIS must conduct when the shipment arrives.

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