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Reporting Requirements for Potato, Tomato, and Onion Imports Modified

Monday, March 09, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that effective from Sept. 2 changes the reporting requirements for certain Irish potatoes, tomatoes, and onions regulated under section 608e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (section 8e).

With this change, importers of those regulated commodities that have been certified by a designated governmental inspection service other than the federal or federal-state inspection service as meeting section 8e requirements will be required to provide the inspection certificate number and a copy of the certificate to AMS. Currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the only entity so designated.

In addition, the rule changes the pistachio import regulations to provide for the electronic filing of aflatoxin test results and eliminate a requirement to report the disposition of reworked or failed lots of pistachios. Several of the section 8e regulations have also been amended by removing or replacing outdated information.

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