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Imports of Hass Avocados from Colombia Approved

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 14, will allow imports of fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry, such avocados will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes orchard and packinghouse requirements and port of entry inspection. They will also have to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Colombia with an additional declaration stating that they have been produced in accordance with the requirements.

APHIS expects Colombia to export between 8,000 and 12,000 metric tons of such avocados to the U.S. per year.

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