USDA Tomato Inspections Meetings

 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding meetings with the Trade on the implementation plan for the inspections under the new Tomato Suspension Agreement.  There are currently two meetings scheduled.

 

1.     Arizona: Nogales, AZ.  January 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Best Western, 750 Shell Rd.

 

2.     California: Otay Mesa/San Diego. January 30th, Southwestern College, Otay Mesa Campus

 

The California meeting will include attendance by California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP).  Very important U.S. Importers of Record and U.S. Distributors of Fresh Tomato from Mexico attend.  Inspections will be processed within the Zone.  The “Zone” has not been identified so if you’re in Otay Mesa your safe, but if you’re farther north, especially north of Oceanside best you come hear about your options and challenges.  Same goes for Texas and Arizona, the Zone may (will) affect your logistics.

 

We are preparing a list of questions for USDA, please submit any question or comment for USDA by replying to this email or through your U.S. Customs Broker.  You may also submit advance questions through the trade associations in Texas and Arizona:

 

For additional information on the Texas, Arizona or California meeting, please contact:

 

Arizona: Fresh Produce Association of America (FPAA), Allison Moore, (520) 287-2707,

           amoore@freshfrommexico.com

 

California: San Diego Customs Broker Association (SDCBA), Agriculture & FDA Committee,

        Chair: Rene Romero, (619) 661-6677, rromero@am-mex.com

 

California: Thursday January 30th, 10:00 a.m. – Co-Host: CDFA & SDCBA:

 

Southwestern College Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

8100 Gigantic Street

Room 4500 (center of campus)

San Diego, CA 92154

 

Please RSVP through your U.S. Customs Broker or through the association in your area.

In Otay Mesa, no cost to Produce Importers, Distributors, Growers, Produce Association members and Government representatives.

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