Importation of Potatoes From Mexico

Docket ID: APHIS-2013-0037
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This rulemaking amends the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) from Mexico into the United States. As a condition of entry, the potatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the United States. The potatoes must be imported in commercial consignments, must be produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program, must be packed in registered packinghouses, must be washed, cleaned, and treated with a sprout inhibitor, and must be inspected after packing for quarantine pests. The potatoes must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met. Finally, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico must provide a bilateral workplan to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that details the activities that the NPPO of Mexico will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS' approval. This action allows the importation of potatoes from Mexico while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
RIN: 0579-AD78
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 319
Priority: Routine and Frequent
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Publication Period: Fall 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 7 USC 450, 7 USC 7701 to 7772, 7 USC 7781 to 7786, 21 USC 136 and 136a
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM09/27/201378 FR 59628
NPRM Comment Period End11/26/2013
Final Rule03/26/201479 FR 16651
Final Rule Effective04/25/2014
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: Importation of Plants and Plant Products
Keyword(s): USDA, agriculture
Type: Rulemaking
Program: Plant Protection and Quarantine

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Nov 26, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 09/27/2013
ID: APHIS-2013-0037-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 03/26/2014
ID: APHIS-2013-0037-0013

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/07/2014
ID: APHIS-2013-0037-0014
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/28/2013
ID: APHIS-2013-0037-0006
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/28/2013
ID: APHIS-2013-0037-0007


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Agency Contact
David B Lamb
Regulatory Policy Specialist, PPQ
301 851-2018
4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
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