Without information on the domestic and foreign quantities supplied and the substitutability of Chinese sand pear for other pear varieties, we are unable to evaluate potential effects of the rule for U.S. producers. We welcome information that would allow a more complete understanding of possible effects of the proposed rule for small entities.
TK: Not much knowledge at the USDA about the market for Chinese sand pears in the U.S., and it sounds like they are all ears. Danya has done her part, at least.
This is a foreshadow of a much bigger issue, when the USDA someday (how long, I wonder?) issues a proposed rule to allow Chinese fresh apples into the U.S.
Look for plenty of scrutiny from Danya and others on Chinese sand pears, but that won't come close to the intensity that will come with a regulation that would seek to allow the world's biggest apple producer into the U.S. market.