The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to make the following changes to the reporting requirements in its fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import regulations to aid in the transition to the Automated Commercial Environment. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Jan. 5.

- requiring importers of certain Irish potatoes, tomatoes, and onions that have been certified by a designated governmental inspection service other than the federal or federal-state inspection service as meeting section 8e requirements (currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the only entity so designated) to provide the inspection certificate number in ACE and allowing importers to provide a paper copy of the certificate if they are unable to submit electronically

- revising the pistachio import regulations to provide for the electronic filing of aflatoxin test results and to eliminate a requirement for importers to report the disposition of reworked or failed lots of pistachios using form FV-251

- revising or removing contact information for inspection offices and ports of entry and references to importers making various advance arrangements for inspection services

Similarly, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has issued a final rule that, effective Dec. 6, amends the dairy tariff-rate quota import licensing program regulations to permit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection entry of items requiring a dairy license by utilizing electronic as well as paper documentation.

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