Northwest Horticultural Council
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Please click on the above link for a list of chemical MRLs.
II. CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVE INFORMATION
A. Chemical residue standards:
The Environmental Protection Agency approves the use of pesticides and sets maximum residue level tolerances for fruits. The U.S. maintains a national list for pesticides which are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under Title 40 Part 180.
B. Monitoring chemical residues:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food & Drug Administration enforces chemical residue levels on imported and domestically produced fruits.
C. Restrictions on use of waxes:
III. ORGANIC FRUIT REGULATIONS
|HTS Code||Description||General Rate of Duty|
|0808.30.20||Pears – Imported from April 1 to June 30||Free|
|0808.30.40||Pears – Imported any other time||0.3 cents/kg|
|0809.30.20||Peaches & nectarines – Imported from June 1 to November 30||0.2 cents/kg|
|0809.30.40||Peaches & nectarines – Imported any other time||Free|
|0809.40.20||Plums – Imported from January 1 to May 31||Free|
|0809.40.40||Plums – Imported any other time||0.5 cents/kg|
* Under the terms on the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (entered into force in 2004) the duty on canned pears is being gradually reduced. Canned pear imports entering in 2013 are assessed a 5.1% duty so long as they enter valued at 59.4 ¢/kg or higher for containers holding less than 1.4 kg. The same tariff rate applies for containers weighing more than 1.4 kg and valued at 58.5 ¢/kg. Higher tariff rates are applied on a sliding scale if product is imported below the minimum price.
* Under the terms on the U.S.- Australia Free Trade Agreement (entered into force in 2005) the duty on canned pears is being gradually reduced. Canned pear imports entering in 2013 are assessed a 7.5% duty so long as they enter valued at 58.5 ¢/kg or higher for containers holding less than 1.4 kg. The same tariff rate applies for containers weighing more than 1.4 kg and valued at 52.2 ¢/kg. Higher tariff rates are applied on a sliding scale if product is imported below the minimum price.
V. NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
A. Labeling requirements:
Please see the NHC’s Fresh Fruit Labeling Manual.
B. Licenses and quotas:
Quotas – none
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
Information for this section is under review.
E. Solid Wood Packaging Material (SWPM) Regulations:
Please refer to the SWPM section of the NHC’s Technical Bulletins and Industry Advice.