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New USDA & APHIS Database: Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new database called “Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements” (ACIR), a single source to search for and retrieve entry requirements for imported commodities. ACIR will become the official location for import requirements currently found in the Fruit and Vegetable Import Requirements (FAVIR) database, the Cut Flowers and Greenery Manual, the Seeds Not for Planting Manual, and the Miscellaneous Processed Products Manual.

APHIS’ ACIR provides the following benefits:

  • A user-friendly search tool for commodity import information

  • All relevant import requirements for a given commodity presented in one place

  • Self-service responses to entry requirement questions

  • ACIR information includes treatment schedules, inspection procedures, and other necessary information to determine admissibility, without the need to access multiple manuals

  • Users can check ACIR to see if they need to apply for a permit

  • APHIS’ eFile system for permit, license, and registration applications uses the ACIR import requirement data when processing plant and plant product permit applications

On Sept. 30, 2022, the FAVIR web page will redirect users to the ACIR landing page, and FAVIR will no longer be available on the APHIS website. On October 3, APHIS will remove the three manuals from its public-facing USDA website. To ensure a smooth transition, APHIS strongly recommends that users of FAVIR or the three import manuals begin to use ACIR now.

Helpful ACIR guides & tutorials:

To learn more: click here.

Source: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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