New Import Restrictions for Plants for Planting
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that 26 taxa of plants for planting that are quarantine pests, all Myrtaceae taxa (when destined for Hawaii), and 43 other taxa of plants for planting are hosts of 17 quarantine pests. APHIS is therefore adding these taxa to its lists of those whose importation is not authorized pending pest risk analysis.
As a result, effective July 2, importers who wish to import any of these plants or plant materials must submit a request to APHIS, which would then develop a pest risk analysis evaluating the potential importation. Based on the results of that analysis APHIS would remove the taxon from the NAPPRA list and then allow its importation subject to general requirements, allow importation subject to specific restrictions, or continue to prohibit importation.
APHIS is also exempting Cestrum spp. and Gynura spp. from Canada, Zea spp. (corn) seeds from Guatemala, and Pennisetum glaucum millet seeds from Chile from NAPPRA requirements based on significant trade with the U.S.
Entry Requirements for Some Plants from Canada Amended
Effective May 26, APHIS has amended the entry requirements for the importation of boxwood (Buxus spp.), euonymus (Euonymus spp.), and holly (Ilex spp.) plants for planting from Canada to prevent introduction of box tree moth into the U.S.
APHIS states that the importation of all propagative plant material, except seeds, of certain hosts of box tree moth are not authorized pending pest risk analysis. Boxwood is NAPPRA from all countries except Canada, holly is NAPPRA from all countries except Canada and the Netherlands, and euonymus is NAPPRA from Europe and must be subjected to post-entry quarantine requirements from all other countries except Canada and Japan.
Prior to this order shipments from Canada were required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate and an additional declaration stating the shipment has been officially inspected and found to be free of box tree moth or produced in a facility or area officially recognized by Canadian Food Inspection Agency as free of box tree moth.
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