Representatives of the National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa), the United States Animal and Plant Health Service (USDA-Aphis), and the Committee of Producers and Exporters of Fruit to the United States (Copexeu) held a virtual meeting to coordinate the implementation of the work plan for the Pre-shipment of cherries from the fruit fly-free areas in Argentina Program.
The main objective of the meeting was to get ahead of the start of the export season, which will begin in November, within the context of the pandemic to initiate the necessary adjustments in the coordination mechanisms, operational and logistical capacities, and the necessary resources to comply with the export program and to guarantee the safety of the personnel.
The Pre-shipment Program contains the procedures for sampling, inspecting, safeguarding, and issuing the necessary documentation to export fresh cherries from Argentina's Patagonia and the Central and Southern oases of Mendoza to the United States so that the fruit doesn't have to undergo a quarantine treatment.
Before the start of the season, Senasa's Metropolitan Regional Center and the USDA-Aphis work to enable the entomological inspection site, which must comply with certain requirements, such as having the adequate isolation conditions, inspection tables, lighting, magnifying glasses, and space for loading and unloading samples, to ensure that the fruit is not contaminated from the moment it enters the site and so that it can be inspected.
The exit points (cargo terminals) that provide service to exporters to make their shipments by air or sea, must also have transfer sites that have been authorized jointly by both state agencies.
The meeting was attended by the national directors of Plant Protection of Senasa, Diego Quiroga; of Vegetal Foreign Trade, Martín Delucis, of the Metropolitan Regional Center, Luis Leppen; the regional coordinator of Plant Protection, Laura Maly, the representative of USDA-Aphis in Argentina, Jorge Fischer, and the president of Copexeu, Roberto Gregori.