Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced March 19 the immediate enforcement of a federal quarantine order suspending imports from the Dominican Republic of the following fruit and vegetable commodities identified to be hosts of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly): avocado, clementine, grape, grapefruit, lemon, litchi, longan, mamey (sapote), mandarin, mango (except that commercial shipments will continue to be enterable under the conditions of the APHIS hot water treatment preclearance program), orange, papaya, pepper, pummelo, tangelo, tangerine, tomato and tuna (cactus fruit).

The quarantine order, which was issued by the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, also prohibits overland in-bond transit movements of these items south of 39° latitude in the United States. These prohibitions apply to all importations and movements, including commercial and non-commercial cargo, passenger baggage, international mail and express courier shipments.

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