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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Papaya (Fruit) from Guatemala into Continental U.S. Ports, Puerto Rico, and 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.
Carica papaya Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
2 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. Ports, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands
3 Subject to Inspection: This commodity is subject to inspection at the port of entry and all general requirements of 7 CFR 319.56-3.
4 Packaging or Labeling Requirements: Prohibited entry into Hawaii. Cartons must be stamped with language indicating the contents are not for importation into or distribution within Hawaii.
5 Commercial Consignments Only
6 Variety-Specific Limitations: Solo line or solo cultivars, i.e., Formosa/Tainung or Maradol.
7 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Consignments must satisfy only one of the mitigation strategy options listed below.
8 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 1
  8.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Produced in a Mediterranean fruit fly-free area
  8.2 Import Permit Required: An Import Permit is required. To obtain a permit, go to e-Permits.
  8.3 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Guatemala with an additional declaration stating the fruit originated in a fruit fly-free area as specified in 7 CFR 319.56-5. Import permits will not be issued for papayas from any Department other than Peten.
  8.4 Production Location: Produced in the Department of Peten
9 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Option 2
  9.1 Pest Mitigation Strategy: Systems approach
  9.2 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.
  9.3 Production Location: Produced in the Departments of Escunitla, Retalhuleu, Santa Rosa, and Suchitepéquez
  9.4 Phytosanitary Certificate: Consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the exporting country stating the papayas in the consignment were grown, packed, and shipped in accordance with the provisions authorized under 7 CFR 319.56-4.
Instructions for Officers
10 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
11 For additional commodity information and images, visit https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=9147  
Additional Requirements
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The following set of additional requirements were developed as part of a systems approach that are applicable only to pest mitigation strategy option 2.

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 where 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 National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Guatemala. Fifty percent of the traps were of the McPhail type and 50 percent of the traps were of the Jackson type. The NPPO of Guatemala 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 Guatemala.

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