Port of Savannah to Accept Some Cold-Treated Fruits from Peru, Chile and Brazil
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced that the port of Savannah, Ga., will accept the following cold-treated commodities beginning Sept. 1 and that applications are now being accepted.
Peru: mandarins, tangelos, clementines, tangerines, grapefruit, sour limes, grapes and blueberries
Chile: clementines, lemons, mandarins, oranges, blueberries
APHIS notes that this change does not affect existing preclearance programs for grapes and blueberries from Peru and that all PPQ pre-cleared commodities with accompanying PPQ Form 203 will still be accepted.
APHIS adds that containers that do not pass cold treatment will be prohibited from entering the port and will not be offloaded from vessels; instead, they will be allowed transit via sea to a northeastern port for retreatment or will be reexported to the country of origin.