Vietnamese litchi and longan will be allowed to be sold in the U.S. starting in October, following an amended regulation from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
The APHIS, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting animal and plant health, has amended the “fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of litchi and longan fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States,” according to a document published in the Federal Register on Thursday.
The APHIS said Vietnamese litchi and longan will be required to undergo a systematic approach that includes requirements for treatment and inspection and restrictions on the distribution of the fruit.
“This will allow for the importation of litchi and longan fruit from Vietnam into the United States, while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests,” the document, serving as the final rule on the issue, reads.
The APHIS first proposed to allow importation of Vietnamese litchi and longan fruits in 2011, and eventually “adopted the proposed rule as a final rule, without change.”
The final rule takes effect on October 4.
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