APHIS Proposes to Allow Import of Fresh Mango Fruit from Vietnam into the Continental United States

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh mango fruit (Mangifera indica L.) from Vietnam into the continental United States. The proposed rule will be available for review and comment beginning August 3.

The rule proposes that Vietnamese mango fruit can be safely imported into the continental United States if it meets several conditions. Under the proposal, the fruit would be required to be grown in an orchard which has been treated for pests, or certified as pest-free.  Shipments will also need to be treated with irradiation. The commercial consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Vietnam with a declaration that the fruit was prepared for export in accordance with APHIS’ import requirements. The shipments would be subject to inspection upon arrival at the port of entry into the continental United States.

After carefully reviewing comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the import status of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam in a subsequent notice.

Once published, comments on the proposed rule can be submitted until October 3, 2016 on-line at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2016-0026-0001

or by mail at:

Docket No. APHIS-2016-0026
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD
APHIS Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

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