USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Bananas, Litchi, Longan
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Jan. 2 on the proposed revision and extension of information collections associated with the regulations for the importation of (a) fresh bananas from the Philippines into Hawaii and U.S. territories and (b) fresh litchi and longan fruit from Vietnam into the continental U.S.
Bananas. As a condition of entry, fresh bananas from the Philippines must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments, monitoring of fruit flies to establish low-pest prevalence places of production, harvesting only of hard green bananas, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of the Philippines. The bananas must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were grown, packed, and inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the regulations.
Allowing such imports requires the completion of information collection activities such as an operational workplan, monitoring and oversight of production sites, records of forms and documents, trapping, identifying shipping documents, post-harvest inspections, and a phytosanitary certificate.
Litchi and Longan. Fresh litchi and longan fruit from Vietnam may be imported into the continental U.S. under certain conditions that require the use of certain information collection activities, including an application for permit to import plants and plant products, appeal of denial or revocation of permit, emergency action notification, notice of arrival, registration of production sites, labeling of packages, and recordkeeping. Also, each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Vietnam with an additional declaration stating that certain regulatory provisions have been met and that the consignment was inspected prior to export. In addition, for litchi fruit, the phytosanitary certificate must indicate that the consignment was found free of Phytophthora litchii.