Revised Import Restrictions on Host Material of Two Beetles
The Department of Agriculture has issued an updated federal order that, effective May 20, will revise the restrictions on the importation of plant host material of the citrus longhorned beetle and the Asian longhorned beetle. USDA states that these beetles pose a significant threat to many important fruit, forest and ornamental trees in the U.S. and that it is therefore necessary to impose restrictions on the importation of cut flowers and greenery as well as specific plant hosts of these pests.
According to the USDA, the revised federal order will:
- allow imports of host plants from certain countries that had previously been placed on the list of plants whose importation is not authorized pending pest risk analysis;
- remove requirements for CLB and ALB host plants for planting from Canada based on Canada's declaration that the ALB has been eradicated and that the CLB is not known to occur in that country;
- add Switzerland to the list of countries where the CLB and/or ALB are present; and
- add one ALB host genus and three CLB host genera.