The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
lifted the suspension of pomegranate aril imports from Peru.
Thus, the federal order (DA-2018-36
) —issued on October 4, 2018— updated and replaced another one published on June 11, 2018 (DA-2018-19
), which suspended the importation of fresh pomegranate arils from the Inca country into the North American market.
In this sense, pomegranate arils from Peru must be exported in accordance with the operational work plan, which includes a systems approach consisting of orchard and packinghouse registration, fruit fly trapping, packinghouse inspections, lot identification, phytosanitary certificate, and inspection upon arrival.
The official met with USDA and APHIS authorities, joined by the representatives of the Embassy of Peru in the United States.
On the occasion, they discussed the importation ban on pomegranate arils implemented by the U.S., among other topics.