APHIS’ new Web site lists U.S. import requirements

12/10/2008 12:00:00 AM
The Packer Staff

(Dec. 10, 1:40 p.m.) Helping both U.S. quarantine officials and industry stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a database of U.S. fruit and vegetable import requirements.

Known as FAVIR, for fruits and vegetables import requirement, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said in a news release the searchable database allows users to quickly determine the general requirements for imports of fresh produce into the U.S.

The USDA said the database will also include emergency pest notifications to alert users if there is a change in the import status of a commodity or country.

FAVIR, the release said, allows APHIS officials and Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agricultural inspectors to better process fruit and vegetable imports by making information on conditions of authorized entry available through the database.

The FAVIR system can be accessed at www.aphis.usda.gov/favir/info.shtml.



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