Comment Period extended until May 5, 2016, on Proposed Rule to Change Import Requirements on Apples and Pears from eight EU member countries

Comment Period extended until May 5, 2016, on Proposed Rule to Change Import Requirements on Apples and Pears from eight EU member countries

USDA APHIS is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that would amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh apple (Malus domestica) and pear fruit (Pyrus communis) from certain countries in the European Union into the continental United States. This action will allow interested parties additional time to prepare and submit comments. The comment period is extended until May 5, 2016.

On January 20, 2016, APHIS published in the Federal Register (81 FR 3033-3038, Docket No. APHIS-2015-0073) a proposal to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh apple and pear fruit from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands into the continental United States provided that the fruit is produced in accordance with a systems approach. The proposed rule provides an alternative to importation under the current preclearance program. Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or before March 21, 2016. At the request of many interested persons, APHIS has extended the comment period for 45 days to May 5, 2016.

APHIS will carefully review and consider all comments received before the close of the comment period and then make its decision regarding any change to the Agency’s import regulations for fresh apples and pears from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands.

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