USDA TO ALLOW THE IMPORTATION OF FRESH APRICOTS & AVOCADOS FROM CONTINENTAL SPAIN

January 20, 2014

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) ― We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the United States of fresh apricots from continental Spain (excluding the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands). As a condition of entry, fresh apricots from continental Spain will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes registration of production locations and packinghouses, pest monitoring, sanitary practices, chemical and biological controls, and phytosanitary treatment. The fruit will have to be imported in commercial consignments, with each consignment identified throughout its movement from place of production to port of entry in the United States. Consignments will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Spain certifying that the fruit is free from all quarantine pests and has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. This action will allow for the importation of fresh apricots from continental Spain while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.

DATES: Effective Date: January 30, 2014.

We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of avocados from continental Spain (excluding the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) into the United States. As a condition of entry, avocados from Spain will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes registration of production locations and packinghouses, pest monitoring, sanitary practices, chemical and biological controls, and phytosanitary treatment. The fruit will have to be imported in commercial consignments, with each consignment identified throughout its movement from place of production to the port of entry in the United States. Consignments will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Spain certifying that the fruit is free from all quarantine pests and has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. Consignments of avocados other than the Hass variety would also have to be treated for the Mediterranean fruit fly either prior to moving to the United States or upon arrival prior to release. This action will allow for the importation of avocados from continental Spain while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.

DATES: Effective Date: January 30, 2014.

US Federal Register (Apricots) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-31/pdf/2013-31189.pdf

US Federal Register (Avocados) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-31/html/2013-31190.htm

Source: US Federal Register

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