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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Papaya (Fruit) from Panama into Continental U.S. Ports, PR, and USVI
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.
Carica papaya Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. Ports, PR, and USVI
3 Import Permit Required: An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to APHIS eFile.
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: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate declaring the fruit in the consignment was grown, packed, and shipped in accordance with the provisions authorized under 7 CFR 319.56-4.
7 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii.
8 Production Location: May only come from the Provinces of Cocle, Herrera, and Los Santos; Districts of Aleanje, David, and Dolega in the Province of Chiriqui, and all areas in the Province of Panama that are west of the Panama Canal.
9 Variety-Specific Limitations: Solo line or solo cultivars, i.e., Formosa/Tainung or Maradol.
Commodity Information
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Additional Requirements
11 The papayas were grown by a grower registered with the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin and packed for shipment to the continental United States (including Alaska), Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Beginning at least 30 days before harvest began and continuing through the completion of harvest, all trees in the field where the papayas were grown were kept free of papayas that were one-half or more ripe (more than one-fourth of the shell surface yellow), and all culled and fallen fruits were buried, destroyed, or removed from the farm at least twice a week.

The papayas were held for 20 minutes in hot water at 48 °C (118.4 °F).

When packed, the papayas were less than one-half ripe (the shell surface was no more than one-fourth yellow, surrounded by light green), and appeared to be free of all injurious insect pests.

The papayas were safeguarded from exposure to fruit flies from harvest to export, including being packaged so as to prevent access by fruit flies and other injurious insect pests. The package containing the papayas does not contain any other fruit, including papayas not qualified for importation into the United States.

Beginning at least 1 year before harvest begins and continuing through the completion of harvest, fruit fly traps were maintained in the field in which the papayas were grown. The traps were placed at a rate of 1 trap per hectare and were checked for fruit flies at least once weekly by plant health officials of the NPPO of the country of origin. Fifty percent of the traps were of the McPhail type and 50 percent of the traps were of the Jackson type. The NPPO of the country of origin kept records of fruit fly finds for each trap, updated the records each time the traps were checked, and made the records available to APHIS inspectors upon request. The records were maintained for at least 1 year.

If the average Jackson fruit fly trap catch was greater than seven Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata) (Medfly) per trap per week, measures were taken to control the Medfly population in the production area. If the average Jackson fruit fly trap catch exceeds 14 Medflies per trap per week, importations of papayas from that production area must be halted until the rate of capture drops to an average of 7 or fewer Medflies per trap per week.

All activities described in this section were carried out under the supervision and direction of plant health officials of the NPPO of the country of origin.

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