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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Tomato (Fruit only, without vines, stems, and calyces) from Spain 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.
Solanum lycopersicum L. Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit only, without vines, stems, and calyces
2 Admissible Ports: All Ports
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: The Provinces of Almeria, Granada, or Murcia
  6.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with two additional declarations stating:
  • The tomato fruit in this consignment were produced in accordance with an APHIS-approved systems approach, and was visually inspected and found free of Tuta absoluta.
  • The tomatoes were grown in registered greenhouses in the Almeria Province, Murcia Province, or the municipalities of Albunol and Carchuna in the Granada Province in Spain and were inspected by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Spain.
  6.2 Date Restriction: The shipping season for pink and red tomatoes is December 1 through April 30, inclusive. REFUSE ENTRY to consignments shipped outside this growing season.
7 Production Location: Peninsular Spain, the Balearic Islands, or the Canary Islands
  7.1 Federal Order: Tomatoes are not authorized entry into the U.S. because program phytosanitary requirements listed in Federal Order DA-2014-33 to meet U.S. entry requirements have not been met.
  7.2 Phytosanitary Certificate: Must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating tomato fruit in this consignment were produced in accordance with an APHIS-approved systems approach, and were visually inspected and found free of Tuta absoluta.
  7.3 Stage of Ripeness: Only green tomatoes are admissible.
Instructions for Officers
8 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
9 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=101442  
Additional Requirements
10 The surface area of a pink tomato is more than 30% but not more than 60% pink and/or red. The surface area of a red tomato is more than 60% pink and/or red.

Two months prior to shipping, and continuing through April 30, the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Spain must set and maintain Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) traps baited with trimedlure inside the greenhouses at a rate of 4 traps per hectare. In all areas outside the greenhouses and within 8 kilometers, including urban and residential areas, the NPPO of Spain must place Medfly traps at a rate of 4 traps per square kilometer. All traps must be checked every 7 days.

Capture of a single Medfly in a registered greenhouse will immediately result in cancellation of exports from that greenhouse until the source of infestation is determined, the Medfly infestation is eradicated, and measures are taken to preclude any future infestation. Capture of a single Medfly within 2 kilometers of a registered greenhouse will necessitate increasing trap density in order to determine whether there is a reproducing population in the area. Capture of 2 Medflies within 2 kilometers of a registered greenhouse and within a 1-month time period will result in cancellation of exports from all registered greenhouses within 2 kilometers of the find until the source of infestation is determined and the Medfly infestation is eradicated.

The NPPO of Spain must maintain records of trap placement, checking of traps, and any Medfly captures, and must make the records available to APHIS upon request.

The tomatoes must be packed within 24 hours of harvest. They must be safeguarded from harvest to export by insect-proof mesh screens or plastic tarpaulins, including while in transit to the packinghouse and while awaiting packaging. They must be packed in insect-proof cartons or containers, or covered by insect-proof mesh or plastic tarpaulins for transit to the airport and subsequent export to the United States. These safeguards must be intact upon arrival in the United States.

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