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Imports of Bellflowers from Denmark Allowed Under USDA Proposal

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Aug. 21 on a proposed rule that would authorize the importation of Campanula spp. (commonly known as bellflowers) plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media. Such imports would be subject to a systems approach consisting of measures currently specified in the regulations as generally applicable to all plants for planting authorized importation into the U.S. in approved growing media.

APHIS states that although this rule could theoretically enable Denmark-based exporters to bypass U.S. growers altogether and provide finished plants directly to retailers, such a scenario is considered unlikely given the additional shipping and marketing support costs associated with shipping finished plants in pots. It is more likely, APHIS states, that Danish growers would continue to export immature plants to U.S. growers who would then grow them out for sale as finished plants. This action is likely to benefit both importers and domestic intermediate growers by increasing production quality while expanding market size.

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