Federal Order: Entry Requirements for fresh Chilean blueberries UPDATED LINK

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Federal Order: Entry Requirements for fresh Chilean blueberries (UPDATED LINK)

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the entry requirements for the importation of fresh blueberry fruit (Vaccinium spp.) from Chile into the United States. Due to operational considerations at the ports of entry in the United States, APHIS has approved additional maritime ports of entry by which fresh blueberry consignments may be imported while meeting phytosanitary safeguards and requirements.

Therefore, effective immediately, all fresh blueberry consignments from Chile must be:

Subjected to an increased preclearance inspection rate under the pre-clearance program at the port of export for consignments originating in regions other than VI, VII, or VIII (O'Higgins, Maule, Bio Bio); or

Fumigated with methyl bromide (MB) in Chile or upon arrival at the maritime ports of entry of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (to include ports in the New York City metropolitan area); Long Beach and Los Angeles, California; Miami and Port Everglades, Florida; Wilmington, Delaware; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania per 7 CFR 305 if consignments originate from regions VI, VII, and VIII (O'Higgins, Maule, Bio Bio).

Fumigation treatments allowed at the maritime port of entry are a treatment rate of 2lb/1000 cubic feet for 3 1/2 hours at 70° F or above for tarpaulin fumigations, or, 60° F or above for chamber fumigation at normal atmospheric pressure; or, 4lb/1000 cubic feet for 3 hours at 40° F.

For further information please see the APHIS website or click HERE for the full document.