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Last Remaining Fumigation Facility in Oakland Area to Cease Operations

Friday, June 06, 2014
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received notice from the Department of Agriculture that the only remaining containerized cargo fumigation facility in the Oakland, Calif., area will cease operations as of June 30.

A June 4 information notice from CBP at the port of San Francisco states that imported commodities that require treatment to mitigate the risk of pests or disease are at times referred to a USDA-approved fumigation facility. Once fumigation is completed per USDA standards, the cargo can be released into U.S. commerce.

After June 30, CBP states, the one facility providing such fumigation services in the Oakland area will cease all treatments for shipments subject to condition of entry treatment. As a result, after June 30 all shipments arriving at the port of Oakland requiring precautionary treatment as a condition of entry will require exportation or destruction for lack of an authorized treatment. CBP notes that the operator of this facility will continue to allow fumigation services for shipments where pests are discovered as a result of a CBP examination, but eventually all fumigations at this site will cease.

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