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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE45 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Importation of Avocados From Ecuador Into the Continental United States 

We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador. As a condition of entry, fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include production site registration, field sanitation, packinghouse procedures designed to exclude the quarantine pests, and procedures for packing, storing, and shipping the avocado fruit. The fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments, with each consignment identified throughout its movement from place of production to port of entry in the continental United States. The systems approach would also have pest-specific control measures. Finally, consignments would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador certifying that the fruit was produced in accordance with the systems approach. This proposed rule would allow for the importation of fresh avocados from continental Ecuador into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Routine and Frequent 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 319   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450    7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772    7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786    21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/15/2018  83 FR 27918   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/14/2018 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  04/16/2021  86 FR 20037   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End  05/17/2021 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Claudia Ferguson
Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 133,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Phone:301 851-2352