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Import Requirements for Sand Pears from Korea to be Revised

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through May 14 on a proposal to authorize imports of non-precleared sand pears from South Korea into all U.S. ports.

Currently sand pears may be imported from Korea under an APHIS preclearance program or as non-precleared fruit into the port of Honolulu, Hawaii. However, APHIS has drafted a commodity import evaluation document identifying phytosanitary measures that could be applied to imports of sand pears from Korea to mitigate the risk posed by quarantine pests of concern. Among other things, these include importing sand pears as commercial consignments only, labeling each consignment to allow trace back, and requiring each consignment to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by Korea’s national plant protection organization stating that the consignment has been inspected and found free of quarantine pests.

New Restrictions on Imports of Pork from Timor-Leste

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports that as of Sept. 30, 2019, it added Timor-Leste to the list of regions affected with African swine fever. USDA regulations prohibit the importation of pork and pork products from such regions except if processed and treated in accordance with specified provisions or consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment for further processing. USDA regulations also restrict the importation of swine casings that originated in or were processed in a region where ASF exists.

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