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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Lime (Sweet) (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.
Citrus limettioides 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 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 Condition of Entry Treatment: Irradiated in Mexico
  5.1 Preclearance Program: The completed Preclearance Form 203 (yellow or white) or an electronic message signed by the APHIS Inspector in the country of origin confirming application of irradiation treatment must be presented at the time of entry.
  5.2 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico with two additional declarations stating the fruit in the shipment was treated by irradiation with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy and was inspected in the packinghouse and found free of Brevipalpus californicus, B. phoenicus, Diaphorina citri, and Coniothecium scabrum and the citrus in the consignment was cleaned using normal packinghouse procedures.
  5.3 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.

6 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated upon arrival in the United States
  6.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: You must ensure each consignment is inspected by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico prior to departure and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the government of Mexico.
  6.2 Condition of Entry Treatment: Arrangements must be made in advance with an APHIS-PPQ Certified Treatment Facility to ensure each of your consignments receives the appropriate treatment.
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/ir_facility_list.pdf
  6.3 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.
  6.4 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 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
8 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 (https://cbp.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/php/favir/SpecialProcedures/downloads/IrradiationUponArrival.pdf). restricted image
9 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
10 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=312652  
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