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Streamlining Approvals for Fruit and Vegetable Imports

On September 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule, expanding the use of a notice-based process for the approval of all new fruit and vegetable imports into the United States and for the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables from Hawaii and the U.S. territories.

The final rule expands the list of general phytosanitary measures, also referred to as performance standards, which may be used to approve the importation or interstate movement of fruits and vegetables. Expanding the use of the notice-based process allows APHIS to be more responsive to evolving pest situations in both the United States and exporting countries while decreasing the time it takes to approve fruits and vegetables that can be safely imported into the United States.


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