Imports of Orchids in Growing Media from Taiwan Allowed Under USDA Rule
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective March 1, will add orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the U.S. in an approved growing medium. Such imports are subject to the following requirements.
- the plants are grown in accordance with written agreements between APHIS and the national plant protection organization of Taiwan and between the NPPO and the grower
- the plants are rooted and grown for a specified period in a greenhouse that meets certain requirements for pest exclusion and is used only for plants being grown in compliance with 7 CFR 319.37-8(e)
- the parent plants are produced from seed germinated in the production greenhouse or from mother plants that are grown and monitored for a specified period prior to export of the descendant plants
- restrictions on the sources of water that may be used on the plants, the height of the benches on which the plants must be grown, and the conditions under which the plants must be stored and packaged
- the plants are inspected in the greenhouse and found free of evidence of plant pests no more than 30 days prior to exportation
- a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Taiwan NPPO declaring that the above conditions have been met accompanies the plants at the time of importation
APHIS has said this rule is not expected to significantly change the volume or value of orchids imported into the continental U.S. from Taiwan.