Imported Grape Requirements Would be Relaxed Under USDA Proposal
The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is inviting comments through April 2 on a proposed rule that would partially relax the one-quarter pound minimum bunch size requirement in the import regulation for U.S. No. 1 Table grade grapes packed in consumer packages known as clamshells weighing five pounds or less. Under this proposal, up to 20 percent of the weight of such containers may consist of single grape clusters weighing less than one-quarter pound but consisting of at least five berries each. A similar change was made for clamshells containing two pounds net weight or less in 2010, and AMS is proposing this change to respond to increasing customs demand for grapes in larger clamshell containers.