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Import Requirements Amended for Wood from Canada, Fruit from China

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Wood from Canada

Effective March 3, the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service amended entry requirements for imports of boxwood (Buxus spp.), Euonymus (Euonymus spp.), and holly (Ilex spp.) plants for planting from Canada. Shipments of such goods must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration certifying that the plants in the shipment (1) have been produced in a facility or area officially recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as free of box tree moth or (2) have been officially inspected and found to be free of box tree moth. Subject plants that arrive without these documents will be rejected.

APHIS notes that the importation of all propagative plant material, except seeds, of certain hosts of box tree moth are currently not authorized pending pest risk analysis. Specifically, Buxus spp. are NAPPRA from all countries except Canada and Ilex spp. are NAPPRA from all countries except Canada and the Netherlands. Euonymus spp. is NAPPRA from Europe and post-entry quarantine from all other countries except Canada and Japan. 

Jujube Fruit from China

APHIS has announced that imports of fresh jujube fruit from China may be authorized for importation into the continental U.S. after March 12, subject to the following phytosanitary measures.

- imports must be in commercial consignments only

- places of production and packinghouses must be registered with the national plant protection organization of China

- registered places of production are limited to locations north of the 33rd parallel or phytosanitary treatment for three pests is required

- maintenance of the identity of the registered production site in which the fruit was produced on each lot intended for export to the U.S. from the time of harvest of that lot until its arrival at the U.S. port of entry

- China’s NPPO maintains a national fruit fly monitoring program

- grove sanitation and trapping for fruit flies in places of production located in a province in which Ber fruit fly is known to be present

- recordkeeping of fruit fly detections in registered places of production

- pre-export inspection by China’s NPPO and issuance of a phytosanitary certificate

- port of entry inspections

- importation under a permit issued by APHIS

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