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USDA Prepares to Allow Imports of Oranges and Tangerines from Egypt

Thursday, April 18, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 17 on several documents associated with the potential authorization of imports of oranges and tangerines (including mandarins and clementines) from Egypt. These documents include a list that identifies pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of such imports and a commodity import evaluation document identifying phytosanitary measures that could be applied to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating such pests.

Based on these documents APHIS has concluded that fresh oranges and tangerines can safely be imported from Egypt if they are (a) treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 for Mediterranean fruit fly and peach fruit fly and (b) accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Egypt stating that the consignment has begun or has undergone such treatment, with an additional declaration stating that the fruit in the consignment was inspected and found free of peach fruit fly. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and APHIS’ determination of risk remain unchanged following its consideration of any comments received, APHIS will authorize the importation of fresh oranges and tangerines from Egypt subject to the requirements specified in the CIED.

APHIS is also requesting comments on a proposal to add to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual a new cold treatment schedule T107-l that it says is sufficient to mitigate risks from both Mediterranean fruit fly and peach fruit fly in oranges and tangerines.

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