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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Oranges, Avocados, Apricots, Potatoes

Friday, April 21, 2017
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through May 22 on information collections associated with imports of the following.

Unshu oranges from Japan. APHIS collects information using form PPQ 203 (Foreign Site Certificate of Inspection and/or Treatment), form PPQ 587 (Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products), packinghouse registration, certification for fumigation facilities, and box markings to certify that Unshu oranges from Japan are free of citrus canker. To ensure that oranges from Kyushu Island are not imported into citrus-producing areas of the U.S. such as Florida and California, boxes must be stamped or labeled with a statement specifying the state into which the oranges may be imported and from which they are prohibited removal under a federal quarantine.

Avocados from Spain. In its efforts to import fresh avocados from Spain under a system approach APHIS uses the following information activities: operational workplan, trust fund agreement, production site registration, packinghouse registration, phytosanitary certificate with additional declaration, box labeling, recordkeeping of export activities, monitoring and oversight, investigation and remedial action packinghouse/production site, identifying shipping documents, and post-harvest inspection.

Fresh Apricots from Spain. In its efforts to import fresh apricots from continental Spain under a system approach APHIS uses the following information activities: operational workplan, trust fund agreement, production site registration, packinghouse registration, phytosanitary certificate with additional declaration, box labeling, recordkeeping of export activities, monitoring and oversight, investigation and remedial action, identifying shipping documents, production site and packinghouse inspection, certification and accreditation of trapping programs and surveys, phytosanitary inspection, trapping records, cold treatment requirements, certification of cold treatment facilities, written approval for treatment enclosure, cold treatment numbered seal, suspension and recertification, cold treatment audit, cold treatment fruit fly investigation, and cold treatment monitoring.

Potatoes from Mexico. As a condition of entry these potatoes have to be produced in accordance with a specified systems approach. The regulations require the use of information collection activities such as a bilateral workplan, grower registration, packinghouse registration, inspections with agricultural seals, surveys, and phytosanitary certificates.

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