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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Carambola/Star Fruit (Fruit) from Mexico into All Ports
The CIR contains current import regulation information for the selected Commodity Import (a specific commodity approved from a designated country, or region, into one or more designated ports). A flag ( Access Restricted to APHIS/CBP ) indicates information that is intended for and available to an APHIS/CBP audience only.
Averrhoa carambola Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: All Ports
3 Import Permit Required: An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
4 Subject to Inspection: This commodity is subject to inspection at the port of entry and all general requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-3.
5 Commercial Consignments Only
6 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) , or T107-c (Cold Treatment) Consignments may either be cold treated at an APHIS-approved treatment facility or irradiated in the country of origin.
7 Condition of Entry Treatment: T107-c (Cold Treatment) Cold treated at an APHIS-approved facility
  7.1 Condition of Entry Treatment: Consignments must be treated at an APHIS-approved cold treatment facility in the North Atlantic region of the United States (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/cold_treatment_facilities.pdf) or at a port listed in 7 CFR 305.6(h)).
  7.2 Condition of Entry Treatment: Cold treatment cannot be initiated in Mexico.
8 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated in Mexico
  8.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico.
  8.2 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Commodities irradiated in the country of origin must meet the following labeling and packaging requirements:

Boxes or cartons must be marked with:

  • Production Unit Code (PUC)
  • Treatment Facility Code (TFC)
  • Packinghouse Code (PHC)
  • Packing date
  • Lot number
  • A stamp with the words "Treated by irradiation" or "Treated with radiation"
  • The international radura symbol

If the boxes or cartons are not palletized, they must also include:

  • Treatment Facility Code (TFC)
  • Treatment Identification Number (TIN)
  • Treatment date

If the boxes or cartons are palletized, the pallets need to display only:

  • Treatment Facility Code (TFC)
  • Treatment Identification Number (TIN)
  • Treatment date

The palletized boxes or cartons must be wrapped with polyethylene shrink wrap, net wrapping, or strapping (excluding air shipments.) If air shipments are not palletized, cartons must be pest proof, and the shipment can be broken down into smaller shipping units, such as LD-3 air cargo containers.

9 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated upon arrival in the United States
  9.1 Condition of Entry Treatment: A bilateral agreement between APHIS and the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the exporting country is required before irradiation in the U.S. is an approved option. The NPPO must make a formal request to APHIS for this option. Contact the NPPO at: http://www.ippc.int/countries/contactpoints/.
10 Reference Information: To be treated in accordance with the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/treatment.pdf).
Instructions for Officers
11 Verify cold treatment requirements have been satisfied. Refer to the Special Procedures for Cold-Treated Commodities (https://cbp.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/php/favir/SpecialProcedures/downloads/Procedures_coldtreatedFV.pdf). restricted image
12 If the consignment was irradiated, refer to the Special Procedures for Precleared Irradiated Fruits and Vegetables (https://cbp.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/php/favir/SpecialProcedures/downloads/Procedures_irradiated_FV.pdf). restricted image
Commodity Information
13 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=6158  
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