Washington, D.C., April 16, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a pest risk analysis (PRA) regarding the importation of fragrant pears from an additional production area in China. APHIS proposes to expand the approved area to include the Akesu region of Xinjiang Province, in addition to the already approved Korla region of the same province. APHIS also proposes to revise the conditions, called a systems approach, for importing fragrant pears from authorized areas to reflect findings from the updated PRA.
A systems approach is a series of measures taken by growers, packers, and shippers that, in combination, minimize pest risks prior to importation into the United States. In this case, the systems approach includes production site requirements, packinghouse requirements, and shipment of commercial shipments only. Each shipment must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating these conditions have been met.
This notice may be viewed in today’s Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/17/2019-07665/import-requirements-fresh-fragrant-pears-from-china-into-the-united-states. Beginning tomorrow, members of the public will be able to submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0103 until June 17, 2019. After reviewing all comments, APHIS will announce its decision in a final notice in the Federal Register.