The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared a pest risk analysis relative to the importation of three Acer spp. (Acer buergerianum, A. palmatum, and A. pseudosieboldianum) dwarf plants from the Republic of Korea into the continental United States.
Currently, Acer spp. are not authorized for importation into the United States from the Republic of Korea. Based on careful analysis, APHIS is proposing to allow the importation of Acer buergerianum, A. palmatum, and A. pseudosieboldianum into the continental United States as dormant, bare-rooted dwarf plants, subject to the pest risk mitigation measures required for all approved dwarf plants imported under the APHIS Artificially Dwarfed Plants program. Additionally, commodity-specific risk management measures are required for these species of Acer. APHIS proposes to authorize the import based on mitigation measures listed in the risk management document.
APHIS is making the pest risk assessments and risk management document available to the public for review and comment for 60 days, ending on April 1, 2022. To view the documents, go to www.regulations.gov, and enter APHIS-2021-0076 in the Search field.
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