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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Tomatoes and Papayas, Export Certification

Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Tomatoes. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Jan. 4, 2016, on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of tomatoes from certain Central American countries.

Under USDA regulations, pink or red tomatoes from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama are subject to certain conditions before entering the United States to prevent the introduction of plant pests. The regulations require information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates with an additional declaration statement, production site and packinghouse inspection records, monitoring and auditing of the trapping program, trapping records, and labeling of boxes.

APHIS is now adding information collection activities regarding pre-harvest inspections, production site registration and recertification, and export certifications.

Papayas. APHIS is also accepting through Jan. 4, 2016, comments on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of papaya from Colombia and Ecuador into the continental United States. These information collection activities include trapping records, grower registration, and a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of the exporting country with an additional declaration confirming that the papaya have been grown, packed and shipped in accordance with the regulations.

APHIS is now adding information collection activities concerning importers requesting phytosanitary certificates from the NPPO of the exporting country, activities associated with recordkeeping, and grower registrations and the associated reinstatements.

Phytosanitary Export Certification. APHIS is accepting through Jan. 4, 2015, comments on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for plants or plant products being exported to foreign countries.

APHIS provides export certification services to assure other countries that the plants and plant products they are receiving from the United States are free of plant pests specified by the receiving country. To request that APHIS perform a phytosanitary inspection, an exporter must complete and submit an Application for Inspection and Certification of Plants and Plant Products for Export (PPQ Form 572). After assessing the condition of the plants or plant products intended for export (i.e., after conducting a phytosanitary inspection), an inspector (who may be an APHIS employee or a state or county plant regulatory official) will issue an internationally recognized phytosanitary certificate (PPQ Form 577), a phytosanitary certificate for re-export (PPQ Form 579), or an export certificate for processed plant products (PPQ Form 578).

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