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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Tomato (Fruit, stem, calyx, and vine, as specified) from Ghana 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.
Solanum lycopersicum L. Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

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  Short Description    
ATTENTION: No imports are authorized at this time. Import permits will not be issued. DETAILS  

 
Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit, stem, calyx, and vine, as specified
2 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. Ports
3 Import Permit Required: NOTICE: program phytosanitary requirements designed for this commodity to meet U.S. entry requirements have not been met. Therefore, import permits will not be issued at this time.
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 Phytosanitary Certificate: Each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the exporting country with an additional declaration stating the tomatoes were grown in a registered production site and the consignment was inspected and found free of quarantine pests.
7 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
8 Federal Order: Tomatoes are not authorized entry into the U.S. because program phytosanitary requirements listed in Federal Order DA-2019-18 [https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/federal_order/downloads/2019/DA-2019-18.pdf], issued August 1, 2019, effective August 16, 2019, to meet U.S. entry requirements have not been met. Upon USDA authorization, consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating tomato fruit in the consignment was produced in accordance with an APHIS-approved systems approach and was visually inspected and found free of Tuta absoluta.
9 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Consignments must satisfy only one of the mitigation strategy options listed below.
10 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 1
  10.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Pest-free area
  10.2 Admissible Plant Parts: Calyx, Fruit, Stem, Vine
  10.3 Phytosanitary Certificate: Phytosanitary certificate of inspection issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin and bearing an additional declaration verifying the tomato fruit was produced in an area free of Tuta absoluta that meets the requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-5.
11 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 2
  11.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Systems approach
  11.2 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit only, without calyces, stems, or vines
  11.3 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin.

 •  Phytosanitary certificate of inspection issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country or origin with an additional declaration stating tomato fruit in the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the APHIS-approved systems approach and was inspected and found free of Tuta absoluta
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 •  Reexport phytosanitary certificate accompanied by a copy of the phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin with an additional declaration stating tomato fruit in the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with an APHIS-approved systems approach and was inspected and found free of Tuta absoluta
12 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 3
  12.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Preclearance
  12.2 Admissible Plant Parts: Calyx, Fruit, Stem, Vine
  12.3 Preclearance Program: Mandatory Preclearance: Consignments must be precleared. To validate foreign site preclearance inspection and/or treatment, precleared consignments must be accompanied by a signed PPQ Form 203 or a vessel report from APHIS.
  12.4 Condition of Entry Treatment: T101-c-3 (Methyl Bromide Fumigation)
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 Inspection Aid for Tuta absoluta (https://cbp.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/php/qpas/downloads/aqi/guidelines/PestBulletin-Tutaabsolutaver-4.0.pdf) for detailed inspection guidelines. restricted image
Commodity Information
15 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=101442  
Additional Requirements
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Fresh tomatoes may be imported into the continental United States from member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) only in accordance with this section and other applicable provisions of this subpart. These conditions are designed to prevent the introduction of the following quarantine pests: Bactrocera invadens (=B. dorsalis), Ceratitis capitata, C. rosa, Chrysodeixis chalcites, Helicoverpa armigera, H. assulta, Leucinodes orbonalis, Maconellicoccus hirsutusNipaecoccus viridis, and Zeugodacus curcubitae.

Production site requirements

Production sites in which the tomatoes are produced must be registered with the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the exporting country. Initial approval of production sites must be completed jointly by the NPPO and APHIS.

The NPPO must visit and inspect the production sites monthly, beginning 2 months before the harvest and continuing through the end of the shipping season. APHIS may monitor the production sites if necessary.

Production sites must be pest-exclusionary structures (PES). The PES must have self-closing double doors. All openings, including vents, to the outside of the PES must be covered by screening with mesh openings of not more than 1.6 mm.

No shade trees may be grown within 10 meters of the entry door of the PES, and no other fruit fly host plants may be grown within 50 meters of the entry door of the PES.

Mitigation measures for fruit flies

Beginning 2 months prior to the start of the shipping season and continuing through the end of the harvest, the NPPO must set and maintain fruit fly traps with an APHIS-approved protein bait inside each PES at a rate of 8 traps per hectare, with a minimum of 4 traps in each PES, and check the traps every 7 days. The NPPO must maintain records of trap placement, trap maintenance, and captures of any fruit flies of concern. The NPPO must maintain trapping records for 1 year, and make the records available to APHIS upon request.

Capture of a single fruit fly of concern inside a PES will immediately result in cancellation of exports to the United States from that PES. The detection of a fruit fly of concern in a consignment at the port of entry that is traced back to a PES will also result in immediate cancellation of exports to the United States from that PES. In both cases, exports from the PES in question may not resume until APHIS and the NPPO have mutually determined the risk has been properly mitigated.

Packinghouse requirements

While in use for exporting tomatoes to the United States, the packinghouses may only accept fruit from registered production sites.

No shade trees may be grown within 10 meters of the entry door of the packinghouses, and no other fruit fly host plants may be grown within 50 meters of the entry door of the packinghouses.

Post-harvest procedures

The tomatoes must be safeguarded by an insect-proof mesh screen or plastic tarpaulin while in transit to the packinghouse and while awaiting packing.

Tomatoes must be packed within 24 hours of harvest in insect-proof cartons or containers, or covered with insect-proof mesh or a plastic tarpaulin for transport to the United States. These safeguards must remain intact until arrival in the United States or the consignment will be denied entry into the United States.

If transported by sea, the containers in which the tomatoes are packed must be kept closed if stored within 20 meters of a fruit fly host prior to being loaded on the vessel.

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