Importation of Dracaena Plants From Costa Rica

Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0073
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This rulemaking amends the plants for planting regulations to provide conditions for the importation into the continental United States of Dracaena spp. plants from Costa Rica. These conditions will apply to plants less than 460 mm in length, which are currently allowed to be imported, and will also allow for the importation of plants over 460 mm and up to 1,371.6 mm in length, which are currently prohibited. As a condition of entry, Dracaena spp. plants from Costa Rica will have to be produced in accordance with integrated pest risk management measures that will include requirements for registration of place of production and packinghouses, a pest management plan, inspection for quarantine pests, sanitation, and traceability from place of production through the packing and export facility and to the port of entry into the United States. All Dracaena spp. plants from Costa Rica will also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that all conditions for the importation of the plants have been met and that the consignment of plants has been inspected and found free of quarantine pests. This action will allow for the importation of oversized Dracaena spp. plants from Costa Rica into the United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
RIN: 0579-AD54
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 319
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Fall 2012
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: Federal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business, Organizations
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM11/01/201176 FR 67379
NPRM Comment Period End01/03/2012
Final Rule06/26/201277 FR 37997
Final Rule Effective07/26/2012
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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
Jan 03, 2012 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 11/01/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0073-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 06/26/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0073-0014

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/01/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0073-0002
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/01/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0073-0004
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/01/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0073-0003


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
William Aley
Senior Import Specialist, Plants for Planting Policy, PPQ
301 851-2130
4700 River Road, Unit 136, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
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