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Peruvian Avocados Imports

07/27/2011 04:06 pm

From FAVIR:

Import Requirements
1 Import Permit Required : An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
2 Subject to Inspection : This commodity is subject to inspection at the port of entry and all general requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-3.
3 Commercial Consignments Only :
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Other :

PROHIBIT ENTRY into Hawaii and the US territories.

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Phytosanitary Certificate, Pest-Free Area :

Commercial consignments of avocado must be accompanied by an import permit and a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) issued by the NPPO of Peru with an Additional Declaration (AD) stating that the avocados in the consignment were grown, packed, and inspected and found to be free of pests in accordance with the requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-50.

Article from The Packer:

USDA eases avocado regulations

07/25/2011 1:23:00 PM
Andy Nelson

  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased restrictions on the movement of imported and domestic avocados, deeming the fruit a poor host for Mediterranean fruit fly.
In a ruling published in the July 22 Federal Register, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said avocados may move more freely into the U.S. and within the U.S. because they do not pose a significant risk of Medfly prior to harvest.
In the past, fruit shipped from an area of the U.S. quarantined for Medfly to another part of the country had to be accompanied by a certificated stating that trees had been sprayed before and during harvest for Medfly, or that fruit had been irradiated after harvest.
For avocados imported to the U.S. from regions quarantined for Medfly, growers were required to set traps for the pests.
In the July 22 ruling, however, APHIS officials announced that Medflies are no longer a threat to avocados prior to harvest. As a result, as long as fruit is accompanied by a certificate saying that it has been safeguarded after harvest from exposure to Medfly, it may be imported or shipped from U.S. state to state without further restrictions.
“We have determined that hass avocados are a host for Mexican fruit fly and sapote fruit fly only after harvest,” according to the ruling.
Among exporting countries, Mexico and Peru are specified in the ruling. Chile is not mentioned specifically, according to the ruling, because APHIS recognizes Chile as free of Medfly.
While exporters to the U.S. stand to benefit from the ruling, USDA does not think it will necessarily come at the expense of U.S. growers.
“This rule will allow foreign producers to realize cost savings, and may increase imports. However, we have determined that the domestic avocado industry will not be significantly adversely affected by this rule.”
More imports could mean lower prices, but that could be counterbalanced by greater availability and stronger consumer demand, according to the ruling.