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World Trade

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G/SPS/N/USA/2130

6 January 2011






(11-0032)







Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Original: English


NOTIFICATION


1.

Notifying Member: United States

If applicable, name of local government involved:

2.

Agency responsible: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture

3.

Products covered (provide tariff item number(s) as specified in national schedules deposited with the WTO; ICS numbers should be provided in addition, where applicable): Fresh rambutan fruit

4.

Regions or countries likely to be affected, to the extent relevant or practicable:

[ ] All trading partners

[X] Specific regions or countries: Malaysia and Viet Nam


5.

Title of the notified document: Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Rambutan Fruit (Nephelium lappaceum) from Malaysia and Viet Nam (Docket No. APHIS-2010-0104) Language: English Number of pages: 2

6.

Description of content: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh rambutan fruit (Nephelium lappaceum) from Malaysia and Viet Nam. Based on this analysis, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh rambutan fruit from Malaysia and Viet Nam. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.

7.

Objective and rationale: [ ] food safety, [ ] animal health, [X] plant protection, [  ] protect humans from animal/plant pest or disease, [ ] protect territory from other damage from pests.

8.

Is there a relevant international standard? If so, identify the standard:

[ ] Codex Alimentarius Commission (e.g.  title or serial number of Codex standard or related text)

[ ] World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (e.g. Terrestrial or Aquatic Animal Health Code, chapter number)

[ ] International Plant Protection Convention (e.g. ISPM number)

[X] None

Does this proposed regulation conform to the relevant international standard?


[ ] Yes [ ] No

If no, describe, whenever possible, how and why it deviates from the international standard:

9.

Other relevant documents and language(s) in which these are available: Federal Register: 15 December 2010 (Volume 75, Number 240), Notice Pages 78207-78208. Available online in English at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31461.htm

10.

Proposed date of adoption (dd/mm/yy): Not applicable

Proposed date of publication (dd/mm/yy): Not applicable

11.

Proposed date of entry into force: [ ] Six months from date of publication, and/or (dd/mm/yy): Not applicable

[ ] Trade facilitating measure



12.

Final date for comments: [ ] Sixty days from the date of circulation of the notification and/or (dd/mm/yy): We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 14 February 2011.

Agency or authority designated to handle comments: [ ] National Notification Authority, [ ] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e mail address (if available) of other body:



You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and search on the docket number (APHIS-2010-0104) to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0104, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0104.

For further information contact: Ms. Claudia Ferguson, Regulatory Policy Specialist, Regulations, Permits, and Import Manuals, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; +(1 301) 734 0754

13.

Texts available from: [X] National Notification Authority, [ ] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e mail address (if available) of other body: United States SPS National Notification Authority, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, International Regulations and Standards Division (IRSD), Stop 1027, Washington D.C. 20250; Tel: +(1 202) 720 1301; Fax: +(1 202) 720 0433; E-mail: us.spsenquirypoint@fas.usda.gov




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