The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has developed a new Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements database that gives users a simple search interface for finding and displaying import requirements for agricultural commodities. ACIR will become the official location for import requirements for commodities currently found in the Fruit and Vegetable Import Requirements database and the import manuals on cut flowers and greenery, seeds not for planting, and miscellaneous processed products.
According to APHIS, ACIR provides a single source to search for and retrieve entry requirements for imported commodities. ACIR information includes treatment schedules, inspection procedures, and other necessary information to determine admissibility without the need to access multiple manuals.
Users can also check ACIR to see if they need to apply for a permit. APHIS’ eFile system for permit, license, and registration applications uses the ACIR import requirement data when processing plant and plant product permit applications.
APHIS states that as of Sept. 30 the FAVIR web page will redirect users to the ACIR landing page and FAVIR will no longer be available on the APHIS website. On Oct. 3 APHIS will remove the three manuals from its public-facing website, though the manuals will remain available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and APHIS staff on an internal website through the end of 2023.
To ensure a smooth transition, APHIS strongly recommends that users of FAVIR or the three import manuals begin now to use ACIR, which already offers access to all the commodity import requirement information found in the manuals. A series of short, online video tutorials is available here for importers, brokers, and members of the public to learn how to navigate the ACIR interface.
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