USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Fruit from Chile, Thailand
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective April 30, will allow the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental U.S. Currently, commercial consignments of such fruit are authorized entry into all U.S. ports subject to a mandatory soapy water and wax treatment. As an alternative, this final rule will allow imports under a systems approach that includes requirements for production site registration, low pest prevalence area certification, post-harvest processing, and inspection at the packinghouse. The fruit must also be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced in accordance with the regulations. Fresh cherimoya fruit that does not meet the conditions of the systems approach or is imported into locations outside the continental U.S. will continue to be allowed entry subject to the current treatment.
Separately, APHIS is proposing to allow imports of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand into the continental U.S. subject to a systems approach that would include irradiation treatment, packinghouse processing requirements, and port of entry inspection. The fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Thailand. Comments on this proposal are due no later than May 28.