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US approves imports of fresh Taiwan guavas

With relations between the US and Taiwan continuing to improve again, the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced that it has authorized the import of guavas grown in Taiwan.

On Dec. 14, 2018, the department published the results of a pest risk assessment (PRA) and a risk management document (RMD) for review and comments on the Federal Register for 60 days, ending on Feb. 12, 2019. On Thursday, the department published a notice in the Federal Register stating that it has decided to authorize the importation of "fresh guava fruit from Taiwan."

This decision makes Taiwan only the second country in the world allowed to export guavas to the US. Taiwan's Council of Agriculture hopes to be able to send the first air shipment to the US by the end of this year, reported CNA.

Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Deputy Director-General Chou Hui-chuan stated that when the COA led a Taiwanese trade delegation to the US in September of last year to negotiate and sign a biennial agricultural procurement agreement, it learned about the Federal Register announcement process. Chou said that Taiwan's participation in the process has borne fruit with the successful approval of the import of Taiwanese guavas this year.


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