New Entry Requirements for fresh Chilean blueberries

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New Entry Requirements for fresh Chilean blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)

Effective immediately, APHIS is amending the entry requirements for the importation of fresh blueberry fruit ( Vaccinium spp.) from Chile into the United States. APHIS is taking this action in response to a request submitted by Chile's Servicio Agricola Ganadero (SAG) to amend a previous Federal Order issued on December 24, 2013.

To prevent the introduction of European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana, EGVM) into the United States, APHIS is requiring blueberry shipments from regions VI, VII, and VIII (O'Higgins, Maule, Bio Bio) destined to the United States to be fumigated with methyl bromide at the point of origin or at U.S. ports of arrival of Elizabeth, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Miami, FL; Wilmington, DE; and Philadelphia,PA (in accordance with 7 CFR 305). In addition, consignments not requiring fumigation (i.e. shipments from regions other than VI, VII, and VIII) will be subjected to an increased rate of inspection, through the APHIS preclearance program, at the port of export.

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