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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Fig (Fruit) from Mexico into All Ports Except Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
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 Except Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
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 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Cartons in which the commodity is packed must be stamped: "'Not for importation into or distribution within Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, or Guam".
7 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Consignments must satisfy only one of the mitigation strategy options listed below.
8 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 1
  8.1 Production Location: Fruit fly-free area
  8.2 Phytosanitary Certificate: Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico (electronic certificates are acceptable) with the additional declaration stating the regulated articles originated from an area free of pests as designated in 7 CFR 319.56-5.
  8.3 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.
  8.4 Other: Fruit must be sealed if it originated in a fruit fly-free area, but transited an area not listed as fruit fly free.
9 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 2
  9.1 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  9.2 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated in Mexico
  9.3 Preclearance Program: Must be precleared and irradiated with the specified treatment in compliance with 7 CFR 305.9 in the country of origin.
  9.4 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.
  9.5 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico with an additional declaration stating the fruit in the consignment was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis.
  9.6 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.

10 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 3
  10.1 Production Location: Not a fruit fly-free area
  10.2 Condition of Entry Treatment: T105-a-1 (Irradiation) Irradiated upon arrival in the United States
  10.3 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 (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/irradiation/downloads/GuidelinesforImmediateTransportation.pdf). To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
  10.4 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
  10.5 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Mexico with an additional declaration stating the fruit in the consignment was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis.
  10.6 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.
  10.7 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
  10.8 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 the Steps for Importing Commodities for Irradiation Treatment in the United States (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/irradiation/downloads/StepsforImporting.pdf).
11 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
12 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
13 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
14 If the consignment was irradiated in the country of origin, 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
15 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=16801  
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