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USDA Seeks to Reinstate Information Collections on Foreign Plants

Monday, January 29, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through March 30 on the proposed reinstatement of an information collection associated with the regulations to prevent the introduction or spread of foreign plant pests and diseases into or within the U.S.

The movement of plants and plant products requires various information collection activities, such as operational workplans; cooperative service agreements; trust funds; production or processing site/facility registrations; foreign site certification of inspection and/or treatment; applications for permits; appeals of denial or revocation of permits; requests for additional mailing labels; compliance agreements; phytosanitary certificates; labeling; importer documents; agreements for post-entry quarantine state screening notices; 30-day article notifications; requests for emergency transshipment or division; notices of arrival; emergency action notifications; and monitoring/recordkeeping from entities responsible for growing, packing, handling, transporting, and importing foreign plant parts (roots, bulbs, seeds, fruit, leaves, etc.), plant products, timber, and timber products.

In addition, APHIS collects required information from national plant protection organizations as part of the commodity import approval process.

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