Import Restrictions on Fruits and Vegetables from Dominican Republic Eased
Effective Aug. 10, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has amended a federal quarantine order that suspended imports of certain fruits and vegetables from the Dominican Republic due to the risk of introducing the Mediterranean fruit fly into the U.S. Specifically, APHIS is allowing the entry of the following commodities identified to be Medfly hosts from the provinces of Distrito Nacional and Santo Domingo: avocado, clementine, grape, grapefruit, lemon, litchi, longan, mamey (sapote), mandarin, mango (except that commercial shipments will continue to be enterable under the conditions of the APHIS hot water treatment preclearance program), orange, papaya, pepper, pummelo, tangelo, tangerine, tomato and tuna (cactus fruit).
Earlier this year APHIS lifted these restrictions with respect to the following provinces: Azua, Baoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Duarte, Elias Pina, Espaillat, Hermanas Mirabal, Independencia, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, San Cristobal, San Jose de Ocoa, San Juan, Sanchez Ramirez, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez and Valverde. APHIS has also previously amended the quarantine order to allow imports of Hass avocadoes and green tomatoes from the DR.
Commercial consignments of the commodities listed above are allowed from these provinces provided that (a) they move in exclusionary containers to prevent the contamination of host material destined for export to the U.S. and (b) they are inspected and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that is issued by the DR’s Ministry of Agriculture and indicates the province of origin.