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Orchid Plants in Growing Media May be Imported from China

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is issuing a final rule that, effective March 14, will authorize the importation into the continental U.S. of Phalaenopsis spp. plants for planting (orchids) from China in approved growing media. Such imports will be subject to a systems approach consisting of measures currently specified in the regulations as generally applicable to all plants for planting authorized for importation into the U.S. in approved growing media.

APHIS states that this change is expected to increase the number and quality of orchids imported from China by U.S. producers, who then finish the plants for the retail market. It could also result in the importation of market-ready orchids that would directly compete at wholesale and retail levels with U.S. finished potted orchids. However, APHIS notes that the latter scenario is considered unlikely given the technical challenges and additional marketing costs incurred when shipping finished plants in pots.

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