USDA Launches Website for Stakeholders to Track Commodity Import Request Process
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new website to provide stakeholders with information about the process for requesting and approving new imports of plants and plant products, including fruits, vegetables, plants for planting, cut flowers, wood, and wood products.
With Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s leadership, APHIS works tirelessly to create and sustain opportunities for America’s farmers, ranchers and producers. Each day, APHIS promotes U.S. agricultural health, regulates genetically engineered organisms, administers the Animal Welfare Act, and carries out wildlife damage management activities, all to safeguard the nation’s $157 billion agriculture, fishing and forestry industries. In the event that a pest or disease of concern is detected, APHIS implements emergency protocols and partners with affected states and other countries to quickly manage or eradicate the outbreak. To promote the health of U.S. agriculture in the international trade arena, APHIS develops and advances science-based standards with trading partners to ensure America’s agricultural exports, valued at more than $137 billion annually, are protected from unjustified restrictions.
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