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USDA Allows Electronic Filing of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Applications

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued an interim rule allowing for the electronic submission of applications for initial inspection of fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, and other products. Comments on this rule are due no later than Feb. 21.

AMS’s Specialty Crops Inspection Division performs inspections and other related functions on imports of regulated goods. Under this rule individuals desiring to apply for an inspection for applicable fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop imports must complete and file form SC-357, Initial Inspection Request for Regulated Imported Commodities, in writing or electronically. AMS states that amending 7 CFR 51.6 and 52.7 to allow electronic filing supports the International Trade Data System, which is mandated for completion by Dec. 31.

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