The U.S. Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has amended its regulations to allow the importation of fresh bananas from the Philippines into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the bananas will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that will include requirements for importation of commercial consignments, monitoring of fruit flies to establish low-prevalence places of production, harvesting only of hard green bananas, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of the Philippines.
The agency has also announced that it is considering a proposal to allow the importation of several varieties of fresh citrus fruit from Uruguay into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the fruit would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for importation in commercial consignments, pest monitoring and pest control practices, orchard sanitation and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude the quarantine pests, and treatment. The comment period for this proposal will remain open until April 8, 2013.
For more information, contact WG’s Ken Gilliland, director of international trade.
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