The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) approved the phytosanitary requirements for the import of Korean fresh persimmons. As published this week in the newspaper El Peruano, the requirements for the persimmon to enter the country are:
1. The shipment must have the Phytosanitary Import Permit issued by the National Agricultural Health Service - SENASA, which must be obtained by the importer or interested party, prior to certification and shipment in the country of origin.
2. The persimmon must come from production sites and packing plants that have bee registered and certified by the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA).
3. The persimmon must have undergone cold treatment in accordance with the provisions of the protocol for the export of fresh fruit from the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Peru.
4. In the event that the fresh persimmon is transported by air, the pallets shall be covered with meshes of a diameter that is smaller than or equal to 1.6 mm or any other insect-proof packaging material. Each box or pallet must be sealed, and the seal numbers must be indicated in the Phytosanitary Certificate.
5. The shipment must be accompanied by an official Phytosanitary Certificate from the country of origin.
6. The containers must be new and this must be their first use, they should also be free of any foreign material. The container should be duly labeled at its front so it can be identified with the following information: Persimmon Export to Peru, identification code of the packing machine, identification code of the place of production, and product name.
7. Wooden pallets must be bark-free and comply with quarantine regulations for the entry of wood packaging (ISPM No. 15).
8. The importer shall deliver to the SENASA the document for the calibration and location of temperature sensors, as well as data regarding the date that the treatment started, temperature recordings, and exposure period; when the treatment is made in transit in refrigerated containers.
9. The shipment must undergo a phytosanitary inspection at the point of entry into the country.