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Food Import and Export Regulations Updated to Support ITDS

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule updating the reporting and notification requirements associated with the fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import regulations for certain regulated commodities. AMS states that these changes support the International Trade Data System and include the following.

- shifting the procedure for filing an exempt commodity form for imported tomatoes destined for noncommercial outlets for experimental purposes from the tomato import regulations to the safeguard procedures section of the vegetable import regulations

- updating the pistachio import regulations by removing reference to a paper-based notification of entry process (known as the “stamp and fax” process), which was replaced by an electronic filing requirement developed to comply with the ITDS

- simplifying a statement in the olive and date import regulations about the requirement for importers to provide USDA inspectors with identifying information, including a customs entry number, for each lot being inspected

- removing from the date import regulations a paragraph entitled “importation” because it contains redundant and incomplete information about filing inspection or exemption documents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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