STC Number - 316

United States import restrictions on chrysanthemums

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Costa Rica
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2011 G/SPS/R/62 paras. 35-36
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2011, Costa Rica stated that Costa Rica was free from Chrysanthemum White Rust and had requested the United States to reduce post-entry quarantine to two months. However, the United States continued to request a post-entry quarantine of six months. On 27 April 2010, APHIS had provided a post-entry permit restricting chrysanthemums from Costa Rica to 2000 cuttings, this was a disproportionate measure since chrysanthemums from Costa Rica could not spread Chrysanthemum White Rust.

The United States responded that the USDA/APHIS was re-examining the quarantine status of Chrysanthemum White Rust and would address Costa Rica┬┤s concerns. However, Chrysanthemum White Rust remained a pest of quarantine significance in the United States and the United States continues to eradicate for it. Once determined, the necessary steps for potential changes in regulatory requirements for imports would be communicated to Costa Rica.