APHIS Proposes That Orchids from Taiwan Can Be Safely Imported into the United States under a Systems Approach

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a proposed rule that would allow orchid plants from Taiwan of the genus Dendrobium spp. to be imported into the United States under a systems approach.  Plants would be permitted when they come in an approved growing medium, and those plants would also be subject to specified growing, inspection and certification requirements. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted for 60 days starting on October 27, 2016, and ending on December 27, 2016.

The orchid plants considered for importation into the United States must comply with several requirements associated with the systems approach including the following: 

APHIS will carefully consider all comments received by the deadline and then make its decision regarding any change to the Agency’s import regulations for orchids of the genus Dendrobuim spp. in growing media from Taiwan into the United States.   You may submit comments by either of the following methods: