The United States Government has confirmed it will now open its ports to young coconuts exported from the Philippines.
Philippine Agriculture Attaché to the United States Dr. Josyline Javelosa announced the agreement involving coconuts after the bilateral meeting in late May held in Maryland between Plant Health Officers of the Philippines and the United States.
The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that US delegation head and Deputy Director of Phytosanitary Issues Management Dr. Jill Wallace confirmed the acceptance of the Philippine coconut exports with the following characteristics:
- young coconuts from the Philippines that are immature/green
- with 75 percent or more of outer shell surface of the husk removed
Dr. Wallace said these young coconuts from the Philippines can be inspected and released to the United States as authorized under 7 CFR 319.56.
The Head of the Philippine Delegation and Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) director George Culaste noted that Philippine young coconut producers from Mindanao are eager to supply its products to the United States.
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