Import Requirements for Citrus from Colombia Modified
Effective Feb. 6, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is supplementing its phytosanitary requirements governing the importation of fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarin, clementine, and tangerine fruit from Colombia to mitigate the current pest risks posed by such imports. Comments on this change are due by April 9.
Currently, the general import requirements for subject goods include an import permit issued by APHIS and inspection of the fruit by APHIS officials at the port of first arrival. Additionally, consignments must undergo cold treatment in accordance with 7 CFR Part 305.
APHIS is now adding the following requirements: (1) importation in commercial consignments only, (2) production of fruit only in places of production registered and approved by the national plant protection organization of Colombia, (3) effective fruit fly trapping programs in the places of production, and (4) standard packinghouse procedures. Furthermore, each commercial consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration issued by the NPPO of Colombia.