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USDA News: Pork Import Restrictions, Dairy TRQ Fees, Plant Import Restrictions, Raw Sugar TRQ

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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New Restrictions on Imports of Pork and Pork Products from Vietnam and Cambodia

Effective Feb. 18, 2019, and April 4, 2019, respectively, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has added Vietnam and Cambodia to the list of regions affected with African swine fever. This action imposes restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products, including casings, from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Dairy TRQ Import License Fees Announced for 2020, Licenses Adjusted for 2019

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has announced that it will charge a $300 fee for the 2020 tariff-rate quota year for each license it issues to a person or firm authorizing the importation of certain dairy articles that are subject to TRQs set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. These articles (which include butter, dried milk, and various cheeses) may only be entered into the U.S. at the in-quota tariff rates by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the regulation. Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and each license authorizes the holder to import a specified quantity and type of dairy article from a specified country of origin.

Separately, the USDA has issued a notice that sets forth the revised appendices to the dairy TRQ licensing regulation for the 2019 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licensees or revoked by the licensing authority. Whenever a historical license (Appendix 1) is not issued to an applicant or is permanently surrendered or revoked, the amount of that license must be transferred to the list of non-historical licenses in Appendix 2.

Import Restrictions on Host Material for Tomato Leaf Miner

Effective Aug. 16, the Department of Agriculture is updating a federal order restricting imports of host material for the tomato leaf miner. This order lists 109 countries considered infested by the tomato leaf miner and prohibits imports of two propagative materials (Datura spp. and Salpichroa spp.) and synonyms, except seeds, from all of these countries. This order also adds Haiti to the list of countries (which now numbers 33) that are infested by tomato leaf miner but may export tomatoes to the U.S. if they meet one of the following three import requirements.

- the tomatoes are imported as commercial consignments only and with a phytosanitary certificate of inspection issued by the national plant protection organization of the country of origin beating an additional declaration verifying that the tomatoes were produced in an area free of the tomato leaf miner

- the tomatoes are grown according to a systems approach with specific features

- the tomatoes are treated with methyl bromide in a preclearance program

Extension for Entries of Raw Sugar Under FY 2019 TRQ

The Department of Agriculture has announced that sugar charged against the fiscal year 2019 raw sugar tariff-rate quota will be permitted to enter U.S. customs territory until Oct. 15, two weeks later than usual, to provide more opportunity for supplying countries to fill their import quotas.

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