There may be trouble brewing for U.S. apple exporters sending fruit to India. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service reports that the government of India is ready to slap on additional requirements for pome fruit (apples, pears) imports. From the USDA:
On January 3, 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (GOI) issued a draft notification proposing additional phytosanitary requirements for the import of pome fruits from various countries including the United States. The notification was sent to the WTO on January 26, 2012. The comment period ends on March 26, 2012.
Look for more reporting on this issue in The Packer this week, but the gist seems to be that India is looking to require additional phytosanitary treatment (fumigation/cold treatment) of apples and pears. U.S. industry leaders are trying to figure out the justification for the additional requirements - and asking for more time to respond.
Check out U.S. fruit exports to India here. U.S. apple exports to India in 2011 (January through November) totaled nearly 70,000, up from the complete year total of 35,000 metric tons in 2010.
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