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Peru establishes phytosanitary requirements for import of in vitro plants from Belgian musaceae

Peru's National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) has established by means of a Direct Resolution the phytosanitary requirements of mandatory compliance for the importation of in vitro banana and plantain plants of Belgium origin, which will "guarantee an efficient and adequate level of protection to the country, as well as minimizing the risks of quarantine pests entering Peru.”

The requirements, as published by the official newspaper of the Republic of Peru, El Peruano, will be the following:

In vitro plants will come from nurseries or germplasm banks registered and authorized by the Belgian National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) for official export certification.
In vitro plants will be produced from mother plants of Belgian origin.
The NPPO of Belgium will send each year, at the beginning of each export season, the updated list of nurseries authorized to export to Peru. The Senasa, in coordination with the NPPO of Belgium, may make supervisory visits to the nurseries if necessary.
The packing area must maintain phytosanitary protection conditions.
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.
The shipment must be accompanied by an official Phytosanitary Certificate of the country of origin in which it is recorded. Additional Statement 6.1: In vitro plants come from germplasm banks, laboratories, or nurseries registered by the NPPO of the country of origin and the culture medium must be free of pests.
The packages will be new, transparent, hermetically sealed, and labeled with the product identification and shall also contain a culture medium.
The importer must have its registry of importers, production sites, and technical managers of material subject to current quarantine.
Phytosanitary inspection at the point of entry.
Upon the arrival of the material at the authorized place of production, and as a follow up to the post-entry quarantine, Senasa Inspectors will take a sample of the shipment and send it to Senasa's Plant Health Diagnostic Center. Importers will pay the cost of diagnosis.
The post-entry quarantine process will have a duration of one month. In the quarantine period, Senasa will inspect the installed material in the production site four times. At the end of the period, there will be a final mandatory inspection to lift the post-entry quarantine.


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