A Plant Importer's story

Fierycloud fierycloud2002@yahoo.com.tw
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:08:17 PST

It seems that the England is in the Preclearance program of APHIS.
And there do be the case for "May ENTER any port without inspection" in the 
chapter 7.

But there are still some requirement for the situation.
Such as the pre-cleared species is listed in the table 7-2, is dormant, 
with declarations "Copy-certificate of examination for USA" on the 
official document, and off course the phytosanitary certificate.

And I'm wonder one thing.
In Taiwan, the last part of the official plants inspection process is 
taking sample and let go. But if the sample shows the infection, then the 
plants be call back.
 (The same for the bulbs, It must take at least 10 bulbs which shows or 
seems have the sign of infected. for the case of geophytes, 10% of the 
plants need to be thoroughly inspected, and the time will varies by the 
species and the pests. so it may take a lot of time while there are 
several kinds of species which are hosts of the several pests. Each 
matched species and pest have its own SOP. And thank god the sample size 
is depends on the batch of the plants not the quantities of species.)

There are cases that vegetables and meat imported to Taiwan and found they 
are infected by some bacteria after 1-8week (depends on the kinds and 
numbers of the substances which needed to be detected), just after they 
are eaten.
Does the APHIS only let the plants go after all the samples are tested as 
being safe?


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