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Inspection Fees, Electronic Export System, Import Changes Among Topics of Forthcoming USDA Rules

Thursday, January 08, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture recently issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, which lists proposed and final regulations affecting international trade in agricultural goods that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term. All of the items listed below have previously appeared in the USDA’s regulatory agenda.

Upcoming Regulations

- a proposed rule on the Dairy Import Licensing Program (November 2014)

- a final rule repealing all references to the GSM-103 (Intermediate Term Guarantee) program and incorporating improvements and changes to the implementation and operation of the GSM-102 (Export Credit Guarantee) program (November 2014)

- a final rule adding new user fee categories and adjusting current fees charged for certain agricultural quarantine and inspection services provided in connection with certain commercial vessels, trucks, rail cars and aircraft (December 2014)

- an interim final rule requiring firewood of all species imported from Canada, including treated lumber (furniture scraps) sold as kindling, and all spruce logs imported from Nova Scotia to be heat-treated and accompanied by either a certificate of treatment or an attached commercial treatment label (January)

- a final rule providing for an electronic export application and certification system for meat, poultry and egg products (February)

- a final rule prohibiting or restricting the importation of birds, poultry, and bird and poultry products from regions that have reported the presence in commercial birds or poultry of highly pathogenic avian influenza if any subtype (February)

- a final rule providing for consideration of all new fruits and vegetables for importation into the U.S. using a notice-based process and removing region- or commodity-specific phytosanitary requirements (April)

- a final rule allowing the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from a region in Brazil under certain conditions (April)

- a proposed rule adding Namibia to the list of countries eligible to export meat products to the U.S. (June)

Regulations in Process

- a proposed rule to amend the bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie regulations to make further clarifications regarding the importation of live sheep, goats and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, products and byproducts

- a final rule removing the exemption allowing wood packaging material from Canada to enter the U.S. without first meeting the treatment and marking requirements of the regulations that apply to wood packaging material from all other countries

- a proposed rule defining the conditions under which the voluntary claim “natural” would be permitted to be used in the labeling of meat and poultry products

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