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Pomegranate (Fruit) from Chile into Continental U.S. 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.
Punica granatum Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

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ATTENTION: Mediterranean Fruit Fly Outbreak: Commodities from Quarantine Areas in Chile DETAILS  
ATTENTION: These requirements are for whole fruit only. See DETAILS for more information. DETAILS  

 
Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. 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 Preclearance Program: Consignments may or may not be precleared. If they are precleared, each consignment must be validated by a PPQ Form 203 or a vessel report from APHIS.
7 Condition of Entry Treatment: T101-i-1-2 (Methyl Bromide Fumigation) If the consignment is not precleared, then fumigate using T101-i-2-1, in addition to any required Medfly treatments.
8 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate. If precleared under a systems approach, the phytosanitary certificate must contain an additional declaration stating the consignment was inspected and found free of Brevipalpus chilensis and was grown, packed, and shipped in accordance with the requirements authorized under 7 CFR 319.56.4.
9 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
10 Production Location: Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) quarantine area
  10.1 Condition of Entry Treatment: T107-a (Cold Treatment) If the cold treatment has failed or has not been completed upon arrival, the consignment must complete the cold treatment before it can enter U.S. commerce and must arrive at either of the following locations:
  • At ports located north of 39° latitude and east of 104° longitude.
  • At ports that have approved cold treatment facilities. (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/cold_treatment_facilities.pdf)
11 Production Location: Not from any quarantine area.
  11.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Chile with an additional declaration stating the consignment was produced in an area free of Ceratitis capitata
12 Federal Order: Federal Order DA-2015-42  (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/federal_order/downloads/2015/DA-2015-42.pdf), issued July 31, 2015, effective immediately, and until further notice: consignments originating in Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata or Medfly) quarantine areas (refer to Federal Order) require an additional treatment in accordance with 7 CFR Part 305 or must originate in an area free of Medfly.
13 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
14 Refer to the Table of Phytosanitary Certificate Additional Declaration Language to determine acceptable additional declaration language for specific country/commodity combinations. restricted image
Commodity Information
15 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=30372  
Additional Requirements
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Fresh pomegranates (Punica granatum) may be imported into the continental United States from Chile under the following conditions.

Production site registration

The production site at which the fruit is grown must be registered with the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Chile. Harvested pomegranates must be placed in field cartons or containers marked to show the official registration number of the production site. Registration must be renewed annually.

Low-prevalence production site certification

The fruit must originate from a low-prevalence production site to be imported under the conditions in this section. Between 1 and 30 days prior to harvest, random samples of fruit must be collected from each registered production site under the direction of the NPPO of Chile. These samples must undergo a pest detection and evaluation method as follows: the fruit must be washed using a flushing method, placed in a 20-mesh sieve on top of a 200-mesh sieve, sprinkled with a liquid soap and water solution, washed with water at high pressure, and washed with water at low pressure. The process must then be repeated. The contents of the 200-mesh sieve must then be placed on a petri dish and analyzed for the presence of live Brevipalpus chilensis mites. If a single live B. chilensis mite is found, the production site will not qualify for certification as a low-prevalence production site. Each production site may have only one opportunity per season to qualify as a low-prevalence production site, and certification of low prevalence will be valid for one harvest season only. The NPPO of Chile will present a list of certified production sites to APHIS.

Post-harvest processing

After harvest, all damaged or diseased fruits must be culled at the packinghouse and must be packed into new, clean boxes, crates, or other APHIS-approved packing containers. Each container in which the fruit is packed must have a label identifying the registered production site at which the fruit originated and the packing shed at which it was packed.

Phytosanitary inspection

Fruit must be inspected in Chile at an APHIS-approved inspection site under the direction of APHIS inspectors in coordination with the NPPO of Chile following any post-harvest processing. A biometric sample must be drawn and examined from each consignment. Pomegranates in any consignment may be shipped to the continental United States under the conditions of this section only if the consignment passes inspection as follows:

Fruit presented for inspection must be identified in the shipping documents accompanying each lot of fruit to specify the production site or sites in which the fruit was produced and the packing shed or sheds in which the fruit was processed. This identification must be maintained until the fruit is released for entry into the United States.

A biometric sample of the boxes, crates, or other APHIS-approved packing containers from each consignment will be selected by the NPPO of Chile, and the fruit from these boxes, crates, or other APHIS-approved packing containers will be visually inspected for quarantine pests. A portion of the fruit must be washed with soapy water and the collected filtrate must be microscopically examined for B. chilensis. If a single live B. chilensis mite is found during the inspection process, the certified low-prevalence production site at which the fruit was grown will lose its certification.

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