Importation of Tomatoes from the Economic Community of West African States into the Continental United States

Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0012
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This rulemaking amends the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of tomatoes from the member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, tomatoes from the ECOWAS will be subject to a systems approach that includes requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, fruit fly trapping and monitoring, and procedures for packing the tomatoes. The tomatoes will also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of the exporting country with an additional declaration that the tomatoes have been produced in accordance with these requirements. This action will allow for the importation of tomatoes from the ECOWAS into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
RIN: 0579-AD48
Impacts and Effects: International, Small Entities (Business, Organizations)
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 319
Priority: Routine and Frequent
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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: No
Small Entities Affected: Business, Organizations
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM08/02/201176 FR 46209
NPRM Comment Period End10/03/2011
Final Rule06/12/201277 FR 34781
Final Rule Effective07/12/2012
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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
Oct 03, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 08/02/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0012-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 06/12/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0012-0010

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/12/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0012-0011
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/02/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0012-0004
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/02/2011
ID: APHIS-2011-0012-0002


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Tony Roman
Import Specialist, PPQ
301 851-2242
4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
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