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Proposed Rule Available for Comment: Standardizing Phytosanitary Treatment Regulations

APHIS has published a proposed rule to standardize its phytosanitary treatment regulations applying to cold treatment and irradiation facilities, cold treatment schedules, and fumigation and cold treatment compliance agreements. Specifically, APHIS is proposing to:

  • Establish generic criteria for approving cold treatment facilities in southern and western states;

  • Require fruit cutting and inspection of cold-treated commodities that have been treated for pests other than Mediterranean fruit fly;

  • Add requirements concerning the establishment of compliance agreements for all entities that operate fumigation facilities; and

  • Harmonize language in the irradiation treatment regulations with the proposed language in the cold treatment regulations concerning State compliance with facility establishment and parameters for moving consignments from the port of entry or U.S. point of origin to the treatment facility.

The deadline for comments is August 29, 2016. We at Customized Brokers will be submitting comments that are in the best interest of you, our customers and ask each of you to make your voices heard as well. To make a comment or view public comments on this rule, visit!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0081 or mail your comments to:

Docket No. APHIS-2013-0081, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.