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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Cape Gooseberry (Fruit--with or without calyx) from Colombia 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.
Physalis peruviana Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit--with or without calyx
2 Admissible Ports: Ports as Specified in the Import Requirements
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 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Consignments must satisfy only one of the mitigation strategy options listed below.
7 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 1
  7.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Systems approach
  7.2 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. Ports
  7.3 Production Location: Produced inside the fruit fly-free site within the low-prevalence area of Bogota Savannah and the neighboring municipalities above 2,200 meters of elevation in the Departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca
  7.4 Phytosanitary Certificate: Require a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating the consignment originated in a place of production free of C. capitata within the low-prevalence area of Bogota Savannah and the neighboring municipalities above 2,200 meters of elevation in the Departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca and was produced in accordance with the requirements authorized under 7 CFR 319.56-4. If the consignment is missing the phytosanitary certificate, use Option 2 listed below.
  7.5 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
8 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 2
  8.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Treatment
  8.2 Admissible Ports: All Ports
  8.3 Production Location: Produced outside the low-prevalence area of Bogota Savannah and the neighboring municipalities above 2,200 meters of elevation in the Departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca
  8.4 Condition of Entry Treatment: T107-a (Cold Treatment) If treatment has not been completed or fails, the fruits or vegetables may arrive in the United States at either of the following locations:
  • At ports located north of 39° latitude and east of 104° longitude.
  • At ports with approved cold-treatment facilities. (
9 Reference Information: To be treated in accordance with the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual (
Instructions for Officers
10 Verify cold treatment requirements have been satisfied. Refer to the Special Procedures for Cold-Treated Commodities ( restricted image
11 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
12 For additional commodity information and images, visit  
Additional Requirements

Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) may be imported into the United States from Colombia in accordance with the conditions described in this section. These conditions are designed to prevent the introduction of Ceratitis capitata.


The National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Colombia must provide a bilateral workplan to APHIS detailing the activities the NPPO of Colombia will, subject to APHIS's approval, carry out to meet the requirements of this section. APHIS will be directly involved with the NPPO of Colombia in the monitoring and auditing implementation of the systems approach.

Places of production

All places of production must be registered with the NPPO of Colombia.

Mitigation measures for C. capitata

Trapping for C. capitata must be conducted in the places of production in accordance with the bilateral workplan to demonstrate that those places are free of C. capitata. Specific trapping requirements must be included in the bilateral workplan. The NPPO of Colombia must keep records of fruit fly detections for each trap and make the records available to APHIS upon request.

All fruit flies trapped must be reported to APHIS immediately. Capture of C. capitata will result in immediate cancellation of exports from farms within a 5-kilometer radius (78.54 square kilometers) of the detection site. An additional 50 traps must be placed within an area with a 1.26 kilometer radius (5 square kilometers) surrounding the detection site. If a second detection is made within 30 days of a previous capture, eradication using a bait spray agreed upon by APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia must be initiated in the detection area. Treatment must continue for at least 2 months. Exports may resume from the detection area when APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia agree the risk has been mitigated.

Post-harvest procedures

The cape gooseberry must be packed in boxes marked with the identity of the originating farm. The boxes must be packed in sealed and closed containers before being shipped.

Phytosanitary inspection

After packing, the NPPO of Colombia must visually inspect a biometric sample of cape gooseberry at a rate jointly approved by APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia, and cut open the sampled fruit to detect C. capitata.

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