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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imported Tomatoes

Friday, September 19, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 20 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with regulations that allow tomatoes from Spain, Chile, France, Morocco and Western Sahara to be imported into the United States subject to certain conditions. APHIS collects information using the phytosanitary certificate certifying that the tomatoes were grown in registered greenhouses in a specified area of the exporting country. APHIS also uses the marking of boxes to identify the packing facility, treatment facility registration, trust fund agreement, production site registration and quality control program. APHIS uses the collected information to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country.

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