USDA Moves to Ease Imports of Horses from Saudi Arabia, Figs from Mexico
Horses. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Aug. 11 on its determination that Saudi Arabia is free of African horse sickness. If this determination is upheld, horses, mules, zebras and other equids from Saudi Arabia could be imported without the currently required 60-day quarantine.
Figs. Separately, APHIS has concluded that the application of one or more of the following phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh figs from Mexico.
- The figs may be imported into the continental United States in commercial consignments only.
- The figs must be irradiated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gray.
- If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the U.S., each consignment of figs must be jointly inspected by APHIS and the national plant protection organization of Mexico and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting that the figs received the required irradiation treatment. The certificate must also include an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis.
- If the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the U.S., each consignment of figs must be inspected by the NPPO of Mexico prior to departure and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting that the fruit was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and
- The figs are subject to inspection at the U.S. port of entry.
A pest list and risk management document regarding the risks associated with imports of fresh figs from Mexico are available for review and comment through Aug. 11.