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U.S., Canada Consider Perimeter Approach to Plant Protection

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Sept. 27 on a draft framework outlining how the U.S. and Canada can work together for safe and efficient two-way trade in plants and plant products.

The framework seeks to reinvigorate the North American Perimeter Approach initiative to identify plant health risks of common concern arising from the unintentional introduction of pests and invasive species via shipments from third countries and to work jointly toward an aligned regulatory approach and the development of harmonized measures to address these risks. For concerns of mutual interest considered a priority to both countries, work plans will be developed and pilot projects may be developed to test new approaches.

Issues on which APHIS is particularly seeking input include the following.

- how and when stakeholders want to be engaged in the process of identification and prioritization of projects under this framework

- specific areas of plant health programs that would benefit from closer bilateral cooperation

- differences between specific U.S. and Canada plant health regulatory policies that are creating unnecessary financial or technical burdens for an industry or sector

- the advantages or disadvantages associated with deepening bilateral cooperation in North America

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