Saturday, July 10, 2010

USDA Seeks Comments on Information Collection for Nursery Stock Imports

(World Trade Interactive)

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments by Aug. 11 on an information collection concerning the importation of nursery stock (i.e., living plants, plant parts, seeds, and plant cuttings for planting or propagation).

APHIS requires that some plants or plant products be accompanied by a phytosanitary inspection certificate with a declaration, an export certificate or a special certificate completed by plant health officials in the originating or transiting country. APHIS uses the information on these certificates to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country, which in turn is used as a guide to the intensity of the inspection that APHIS must conduct when the shipment arrives.

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