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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Pepper, Manzano (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.
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Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: All Ports
3 Subject to Inspection: This commodity is subject to inspection at the port of entry and all general requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-3.
4 Commercial Consignments Only: Commercial consignments do not include fruits and vegetables presented for entry in hand-carried packages, passenger baggage, mail, overnight delivery service, or other small-package delivery service.
5 Federal Order: Federal Order DA-2019-28 [], effective November 22, 2019, has updated the import requirements. Consignments must be accompanied by ONE of the following documents:
Phytosanitary Certificate—accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin with an additional declaration stating the fruit in the consignment was inspected and found free of the symptoms of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV); OR
Inspection Certificate—accompanied by an inspection certificate document issued by the grower or packer stating the fruit in the consignment has been inspected and found free of the symptoms of ToBRFV. The inspection certificate must include the date of the inspection, the name, title, office, and address of the person issuing the inspection certificate, as well as the names and addresses of the grower and packinghouse.
6 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Consignments must satisfy only one of the mitigation strategy options listed below.
7 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 1
  7.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Irradiated upon arrival in the United States.
  7.2 Import Permit Required: Must obtain an APHIS-PPQ Import Permit with Immediate Transportation (IT) Requirements. For more information on transiting safeguards, refer to the Guidelines for Immediate Transportation ( To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
  7.3 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation)
  7.4 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico.
  7.5 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Articles must be packed in packaging preapproved by APHIS. All openings in the packages must be covered by material with holes no greater than 0.8 mm at the widest point. This is equivalent to a mesh size of no greater than 0.6 mm x 0.6 mm.
  7.6 Sample Pallet: For consignments containing more than four pallets, the importer is responsible for ensuring a sample pallet accompanies the consignment destined to the USA and that it contains a representative sample of the consignment. Failure to include a sample pallet will result in the immediate reexportation of the consignment.

A sample pallet must accompany each shipment to facilitate the port of entry inspection:
  • Prior to departure from the country of origin, a sample of the cartons representing the consignment must be selected. All orchards and lots must be represented in the sample pallet. The sample pallet must represent 2% of the consignment
  • The pallet must be netted or wrapped
  • The sample must be clearly marked “Sample Pallet” for port of entry inspection
Port of entry inspection results will determine if the consignment can be released to the irradiation facility under APHIS-PPQ supervision:

Reexportation of the consignment will result if:
  • A designated sample pallet is not present
  • The consignment is not properly labeled or configured
  • A finding of nontarget pest(s) not mitigated by treatment
  7.7 Compliance Agreement Required: Prior to applying for an import permit, you must obtain an USDA-APHIS-PPQ Importer Compliance Agreement for irradiation treatment conducted in the United States. Once you have signed the Importer Compliance Agreement, it will be valid, certifying you will meet all regulatory requirements and conditions. For more information on obtaining an Importer Compliance Agreement, refer to Steps for Importing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Irradiation Treatment in the United States [].
8 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 2
  8.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Irradiated in the country of origin
  8.2 Import Permit Required: An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
  8.3 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation)
  8.4 Preclearance Program: Consignments must be precleared and accompanied by a completed PPQ Form 203 (yellow or white) or an electronic message signed by the APHIS inspector in Mexico confirming treatment.
  8.5 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico.
  8.6 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Consignments must be packed in boxes marked and stamped with:
  • The words, "Treated by irradiation" or "Treated with irradiation" and display the international radura symbol
  • The Production Unit Code (PUC); Treatment Facility Code (TFC); Packinghouse Code (PHC); packing date; lot number
  • The palletized cartons must be wrapped with polyethlyene shrink wrap, net wrapping, or strapping (wrapping is not required for air shipments because integrity is maintained by the container itself)
  • Each pallet or box must also be marked with the TFC, Treatment Identification Number (TIN), and treatment date
9 Reference Information: To be treated in accordance with the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual (
Instructions for Officers
10 If the consignment is to be irradiated in the United States, refer to the inspection procedures for Clearance of Articles Approved for Irradiation in the United States ( restricted image
11 If the consignment was irradiated, refer to the Special Procedures for Precleared Irradiated Fruits and Vegetables ( restricted image
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