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Peruvian exporters can again ship pomegranate arils to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Dec. 19 that the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will immediately resume issuing permits for imports of pomegranate arils from Peru into the U.S.

The USDA suspended imports of pomegranate arils from Peru in June this year based on port-of-entry detections of Mediterranean fruit fly.

According to terms from the USDA, pomegranate arils from Peru are now subject to the following import requirements: 

  • Orchard and packinghouse registration with the NPPO; 
  • Medfly trapping;
  • Packinghouse inspections; 
  • Lot identification to ensure commodity traceback; 
  • Phytosanitary inspection by the NPPO and issuance of a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration; and 
  • Inspection upon arrival in the U.S.