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Tangelo (Fruit) from Mexico into Ports as Specified in the Import Requirements
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 paradisi x C. reticulata, Citrus x tangelo Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: All Ports (with the exception of cold-treated commodities)
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 Production Location: Fruit fly-free area
  6.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico (electronic certificates are acceptable) with two additional declarations stating:
  • These regulated articles originated from an area free of pests as designated in 7 CFR 319.56-5.
  • The citrus in this consignment were cleaned using normal packinghouse procedures.
  6.2 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Boxes must be labeled with the name of the orchard or grove of origin, or the name of the grower and the name of the municipality and State in which the fruit was produced.
  6.3 Other: Fruit must be sealed if it originated in a fruit fly-free area, but transited an area not listed as fruit fly free.
7 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  7.1 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated in Mexico
  7.2 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin with an additional declaration stating the citrus in the consignment were cleaned using normal packinghouse procedures.
  7.3 Preclearance Program: To validate foreign site preclearance inspection and/or treatment, consignments must be precleared and accompanied by a signed PPQ Form 203 or by an email from APHIS with a PPQ Form 203 attachment (signed or unsigned).
  7.4 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
8 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  8.1 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/.
9 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  9.1 Condition of Entry Treatment: T103-a-1 (High Temperature Forced Air) Consignments must be treated at an APHIS-approved facility.
  9.2 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.
  9.3 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin with an additional declaration stating the citrus in the consignment were cleaned using normal packinghouse procedures.
  9.4 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Each box must be marked with the statement "USDA–APHIS treated with high-temperature forced air (T103-a-1)."
  9.5 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Consignments must be tarped with a suitable cover to prevent reinfestation during movement from packing facilities to the border.
10 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  10.1 Admissible Ports: North Atlantic (NA)
  10.2 Condition of Entry Treatment: T107-b (Cold 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)).
  10.3 Condition of Entry Treatment: Cold treatment cannot be initiated in Mexico.
  10.4 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin with an additional declaration stating the citrus in the consignment were cleaned using normal packinghouse procedures.
11 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
12 If the consignment is packed in loose bulk bins, see the Special Procedures for Loose Bulk Citrus (https://cbp.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/php/qpas/downloads/aqi/guidelines/InspectionProcedures-Loosebulkcitrusff.pdf). restricted image
13 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
14 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
15 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
Commodity Information
16 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=102894  
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