Comments on the proposal will be accepted through March 31, according to a notice from the USDA.
The USDA does not have specific projections for anticipated volume. Banana imports from the Philippines are already allowed into the U.S. mainland, and shipments from the Philippines make up less than 1% of total annual U.S. banana imports of 4.1 million metric tons, according to the USDA.
Bananas from the Philippines should help consumer choice and fruit availability in Hawaii, the USDA said.
In 2011, Hawaii’s banana harvest totaled about 7,900 metric tons, according to the USDA.