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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Mangoes, Plants for Planting

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 4 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the following.

- Mangoes from Guimaras Island in the Philippines must be shipped in a box indicating the origin of the fruit, include a phytosanitary certificate confirming the fruit has been grown and treated in accordance with USDA regulations, and have a trust fund agreement to cover APHIS’ participation in the required treatment and inspection activities in the Philippines.

- Artificially dwarfed plants imported into the U.S. must have been grown under certain conditions in greenhouses or screen houses within nurseries registered with the government of the country where the plants were grown. APHIS collects information from phytosanitary certificates to state that such plants were (1) grown for at least two years in a registered nursery, (2) grown in pots containing only sterile growing media, (3) grown on benches at least 50 cm above the ground, and (4) inspected (along with the nursery itself) at least once each year by the plant protection service of the country of export.

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