Background

Poultry Exports to Colombia

The Department of Agriculture reports that Colombia has lifted a short-lived ban on imports of U.S. poultry products. The ban was imposed June 1 over concerns about highly-pathogenic avian influenza, and USDA states that about $1.1 million in U.S. exports were impacted between June 3 and June 8.

According to USDA, the ban was reversed June 8 and Colombia resumed issuing import permits in recognition of “the 2012 regionalization agreement side letter between USTR and the Colombian government, which established provisions for mitigating the spread of HPAI.” USDA noted that it worked with USTR “to leverage our free trade agreement to pressure Colombian officials” and that department staff in Colombia “directed U.S. companies, Colombian importers, local trade associations, and State Department economic officials to communicate the impact of the ban on bilateral relations with Colombia’s ministries of Agriculture and Trade.”

Swine Imports from Bosnia

Effective June 22 USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service added Bosnia and Herzegovina to the list of countries considered affected by African swine fever. As a result, processed pork products and byproducts imported from this country as cargo must be accompanied by a Veterinary Services import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Unprocessed pork products and byproducts imported from Bosnia as cargo will not be permitted to enter the U.S. except in some cases if they are consigned to a USDA-approved establishment. Imports of live swine, swine germplasm, and unprocessed swine products and byproducts from Bosnia were already prohibited due to the presence of other swine diseases in that country.

Chrysanthemum Imports from Mexico

APHIS has announced that, effective June 28, imports of fresh leaves and stems of garland chrysanthemum from Mexico into the continental U.S., Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands may be authorized provided they comply with designated phytosanitary measures.

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