APHIS Adds Commodities to the South Florida Cold Treatment Pilot Project

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Starting January 1, 2015, the following commodities will be allowed entry into ports in south Florida under the cold treatment pilot project:


  • Citrus



  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Pears


This is a cooperative effort between APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in cooperation with Customs and Border Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These commodities are in addition to the previously approved grapes and blueberries from Peru and Uruguay. We are now accepting applications for these commodities. Containers that do not pass cold treatment requirements will be prohibited from entering the port and will not be offloaded from vessels.

This does not affect existing preclearance programs for grapes and blueberries from Peru. All PPQ pre-cleared commodities with accompanying PPQ Form 203 will still be accepted.

Please contact Permit Services for more information:

Web:               http://www.aphis.usda.gov/permits/ppq_epermits.shtml
Telephone:    301-851-2046 or 877-770-5990 (toll-free automated system)
Fax:                301-734-4300
E-mail:            Permits@aphis.usda.gov


For any other questions, please call or write:

Calvin Shuler, Director of Exclusion and Imports
APHIS PPQ Field Operations
Telephone: 919-855-7326
E-mail: Calvin.Shuler@aphis.usda.gov