USDA Moves Toward Easing Restrictions on Imports of Cattle from Mexican State
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has completed an evaluation concluding that the Mexican state of Chihuahua (excluding the municipalities of Guadelupe y Calvo and Morelos) is free from fever ticks and that ruminants imported from this area pose a low risk of exposing ruminants within the U.S. to fever ticks. Comments on this evaluation are due no later than July 11.
APHIS states that after the close of the comment period it will notify the public of its final determination. It can reasonably be expected that, as in a similar proceeding involving the Mexican state of Sonora in 2015, APHIS will ultimately issue a final rule removing certain restrictions on the importation of cattle and other ruminants from the affected region and establishing conditions for their entry into the U.S.