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Commodity Import Report (CIR)

Pepper (Fruit) from Korea, Republic of into Ports as Specified in the Import Requirements
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.
Capsicum spp. Commodity Summary Guide Page Country Summary

Import Requirements
1 Admissible Plant Parts: Fruit
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 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 Admissible Ports: Guam and CNMI: No additional requirements
7 Admissible Ports: Continental U.S. Ports
  7.1 Phytosanitary Certificate: Each consignment of peppers must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate of inspection issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Republic of Korea with an additional declaration stating the peppers were grown in greenhouses in accordance with the conditions in 7 CFR 319.56-4 and were inspected and found free of Agrotis segetum, Helicoverpa armigera, Helicoverpa assulta, Mamestra brassicae, Monilinia fructigena, Ostrinia furnacalis, Scirtothrips dorsalis, Spodoptera litura, and Thrips palmi.
  7.2 Port Restriction: Do not import or distribute into or within Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
  7.3 Species-Specific Limitations: Capsicum annuum var. annuum only.
Instructions for Officers
8 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
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Additional Requirements
10 The peppers must be grown in the Republic of Korea in insect-proof greenhouses approved by and registered with the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Republic of Korea.

The greenhouses must be equipped with double self-closing doors. In order to prevent the entry of pests into the greenhouse, any vents or openings in the greenhouses (other than the double self-closing doors) must be covered with either:

     • 0.6 mm or smaller screening; or
     • 1.6 mm screening in addition to blue or yellow sticky traps as an additional measure for pest monitoring

The greenhouses must be inspected monthly throughout the growing season by the NPPO of the Republic of Korea to ensure phytosanitary procedures are employed to exclude plant pests and diseases, and to ensure the screens are intact.

The peppers must be packed within 24 hours of harvest in a pest-exclusionary packinghouse. During the time the packinghouse is in use for exporting peppers to the continental United States, the packinghouse can accept peppers only from registered approved production sites. The peppers must be safeguarded by an insect-proof mesh screen or plastic tarpaulin while in transit from the production site to the packinghouse and while awaiting packing. The peppers must be packed in insect-proof cartons or containers, or covered with insect-proof mesh or plastic tarpaulin, for transit to the continental United States. These safeguards must remain intact until the arrival of the peppers in the United States or the consignment will not be allowed to enter the United States.
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