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Tomato Import Requirements from Guatemala

This is a reminder of the APHIS regulation manual as it pertains to import requirements of Tomatoes from Guatemala.

Below are the regulations as stated in the manual: All Importations not adhering to the requirements will be refused entry into the US.

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Import Requirements

  • Import Permit Required : An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.

  • Subject to Inspection : This commodity is subject to inspection at the port of entry and all general requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-3.

  • Commercial Consignments Only :

  • ONLY green tomatoes are admissible.

Currently, the programs phytosanitary requirements designed for red and pink tomatoes listed in 7 CFR 319.56-28(f) are not operational.
PROHIBIT ENTRY to red and pink tomatoes. Upon USDA authorization, consignments of red and pink tomatoes must meet these additional import requirements:

a) Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of the country stating that “These tomatoes were grown in an approved production site and the consignment has been inspected and found free of pests listed in the requirements.”

b) Tomatoes must arrive at the U.S. port of entry in insect-proof cartons or cartons covered with an insect-proof tarpaulin.

c) The shipping boxes must be labeled with the identity of the production site.

Below is the link to the APHIS Manual for additional information: