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USDA Seeks Comment on Amendments to Regulations Governing the Importation of Citrus Fruit from the Republic of Korea

Posted Jun 10 2010 7:25am
USDA Seeks Comment on Amendments to Regulations Governing the Importation of Citrus Fruit from the Republic of Korea

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend regulations concerning the importation of Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea.  Specifically, the amendments remove the requirements for fruit to be grown in specified canker-free export areas and for joint inspections in groves and packinghouses by the Republic of Korea and APHIS.  In addition, the changes clarify that surface sterilization of the fruit must be conducted in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 and require each shipment to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate containing an additional declaration stating that the fruit was given the required surface sterilization and inspected and found free of Elsinoe australis.  Finally, the amendments expand the area in the continental United States where Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea may be distributed.  These proposed changes make regulations concerning the importation of Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea consistent with APHIS’ domestic regulations concerning the interstate movement of citrus fruit from areas quarantined for citrus canker.

This action is published in today’s June 8 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to all comments received on or before Aug. 9.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/
    main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0022
    to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No.
    APHIS-2010-0022, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8,
    4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.  Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0022.

Comments are posted on the Reglations.gov Web site and may also be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

Note to Reporters:  Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet and through Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.  Go to the APHIS news release page at www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button to view and/or sign up to receive releases via the RSS feed link.  For additional information about this topic contact Alyn Kiel at (301) 734-5222 or by e-mail at alyn.g.kiel@aphis.usda.gov .

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