By Greg Rosenthal
Finding U.S. import requirements for agricultural commodities shouldn’t be complicated. Importers, brokers, and the general public should find the process to be a snap. And now it is, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements portal, known as ACIR. It provides easy access to all agricultural commodity import requirements.
“ACIR provides users a single, readily familiar search experience,” said Ed Metz from the Information Services and Manuals Unit of USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program. “It presents the import requirements and supporting documentation in a consistent manner, all brought together into one place, one document, defined by a commodity and its country of origin.”
Let’s say you wanted to learn the requirements for importing mangos for consumption from India. First, you’d go to ACIR’s home page and click on the tile that says, “Plants and Plant Products not for Propagation.” That tile gives examples of these commodities: “Fruits, vegetables, seeds, cut flowers, or handicrafts not for propagation, including products that are fresh, cooked, dried, cut, frozen, and other similar processed states.” Simply enter the country “India” and the commodity common name “mango” (you could use the scientific name instead) and click search.
Then you get the results. As you can see, mango commodities come in all types: fresh, juiced, frozen, dried, and more. Just click the result that applies to the commodity you’re interested in to view the import requirements.
The ACIR home page has a tile for each commodity category ACIR covers or will cover soon. Categories include:
“ACIR will provide a single source to search for and retrieve entry requirements for imported commodities,” said Metz.
ACIR will become the official location for import requirements for commodities currently found in the Fruit and Vegetable Import Requirements (FAVIR) database and three import manuals (all non-propagative):
Now stakeholders seeking commodity import requirements will enjoy:
On Sept. 30, 2022, the FAVIR web page will redirect users to the ACIR landing page, and FAVIR will no longer be available on the APHIS website. On Oct. 1, 2022, the Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR) database will become the official location for import requirements for fruit and vegetable imports (https://acir.aphis.usda.gov/s/).
PPQ will remove the non-propagative related manuals from the public-facing USDA website on Oct. 3, 2022.
Be sure to check out our ACIR tutorial help videos. You can also review ACIR job aides by visiting our Help tab. To ensure a smooth transition, we strongly recommend that users of FAVIR or the three import manuals begin to use ACIR now. ACIR contains all information contained in these information sources.
The ACIR team welcomes user feedback. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPQ developed a new ACIR video called What is ACIR? We invite you to watch the video and share it with anyone who could benefit from it.