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USDA Moves to Allow Oranges and Tangerines from Egypt, Cape Gooseberry from Colombia

Friday, August 16, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Oranges and Tangerines from Egypt. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that, effective Aug. 16, oranges and tangerines may be imported into the U.S. from Egypt subject to the following phytosanitary measures.

-  The oranges and tangerines must be treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 for the Mediterranean fruit fly and the peach fruit fly.

- The oranges and tangerines must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Egypt stating that the consignment has begun or has undergone treatment for these pests in accordance with 7 CFR part 305, with an additional declaration stating that the fruit in the consignment was inspected and found free of the peach fruit fly.

Cape Gooseberry from Colombia. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 15 on its proposal to ease the requirements for importing cape gooseberry from Colombia into the U.S. This fruit is already authorized for import into the U.S. if treated with a cold treatment for the Mediterranean fruit fly, but Colombia is now seeking permission to ship commercial consignments from specific areas that have been recognized as free of Medfly without such cold treatment.

Under the proposed rule, as a condition of entry, the fruit would be subject to a systems approach that would include establishment of pest-free places of production, labeling of boxes prior to shipping and importation in commercial consignments. In addition, the fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Colombia certifying that it has been produced in accordance with the systems approach.

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