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Title 7Subtitle BChapter IXPart 944 → §944.31


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 944—FRUITS; IMPORT REGULATIONS


§944.31   Avocado import maturity regulation.

(a) Pursuant to section 8e [7 U.S.C. 608e-1] of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended [7 U.S.C 601-674], and Part 944—Fruits; Import Regulations, the importation into the United States of any avocados, except the Hass, Fuerte, Zutano, and Edranol varieties, is prohibited unless:

(1) Any portion of the skin of the individual avocados has changed to the color normal for that fruit when mature for those varieties which normally change color to any shade of red or purple when mature, except for the Linda variety; or

(2) Such avocados meet the minimum weight or diameter requirements for the Monday nearest each date specified, through the Sunday immediately prior to the nearest Monday of the specified date in the next column, for each variety listed in the following table I: Provided, that avocados may not be handled prior to the earliest date specified in column A of such table for the respective variety; Provided further, There are no restrictions on size or weight on or after the date specified in column D; Provided further, That up to a total of 10 percent, by count to the individual fruit in each lot may weigh less than the minimum specified or be less than the specified diameter, except that no such avocados shall be over 2 ounces lighter than the minimum weight specified for the variety: Provided further, That up to double such tolerance shall be permitted for fruit in an individual container in a lot.

Table 1

VarietyA
date
Min. wt.Min. diam.B
date
Min. wt.Min. diam.C
date
Min. wt.Min. diam.D
date
Dr. Dupuis #25-30163 716 6-13143 516 7-04123 216 7-18
Simmons6-20163 916 7-04143 716 7-18123 116 8-01
Pollock6-20183 1116 7-04163 716 7-18143 416 8-01
Hardee6-27163 216 7-04142 1416 7-11127-25
Nadir6-27143 316 7-04123 116 7-11102 1416 7-18
Ruehle7-04183 1116 7-11
7-18
16
14
3 916
3 716
8-01
8-08
12
10
3 516
3 316
8-15
Bernecker7-18183 616 8-01163 516 8-15143 416 8-29
Miguel (P)7-18223 1316 8-01203 1216 8-15183 1016 8-29
Nesbitt7-18223 1216 8-01163 516 8-08143 316 8-22
Tonnage8-01163 616 8-15143 416 8-22123 016 8-29
Waldin8-01163 916 8-15143 716 8-29123 416 9-12
Tower II8-01143616 8-15123416 8-29103216 9-05
Beta8-08183816 8-15163516 8-29143316 9-05
Lisa (P)8-08123 216 8-15113 016 8-22
Black Prince8-15284 116 8-29233 1416 9-12163 916 10-03
Loretta8-22304316 9-052631516 9-192231216 9-26
Booth 88-29163 916 9-12143 616 9-26
10-10
12
10
3 316
3 116
10-24
Booth 78-29183 1316 9-12163 1016 9-26143 816 10-10
Booth 59-05143 916 9-19123 616 10-03
Choquette9-26284416 10-10244116 10-242031416 11-7
Hall9-26263 1416 10-10203 916 10-24183 816 11-07
Lula10-03183 1116 10-10143 616 10-31123 316 11-14
Monroe11-07264 316 11-21244 116 12-05
12-19
20
16
3 1416
3 916
1-02
Arue5-16165-30143316 6-20127-04
Donnie5-23163516 6-06143416 6-20127-04
Fuchs6-06143 316 6-20123 016 7-04
K-56-13183 516 6-27143 316 7-11
West Indian Seedling16-20187-18168-22149-19
Gorham7-04294 516 7-18274 316 8-15
Biondo7-11138-15
Petersen7-11143 816 7-18123 516 7-25103 216 8-08
2327-18148-01128-15
Pinelli7-18183 1216 8-01163 1016 8-15
Trapp7-18143 1016 8-01123 716 8-15
K-98-01168-22
Christina8-01112 1416 8-22
Catalina8-15248-29229-19
Blair8-29163 816 9-12143 516 10-03
Guatemalan Seedling29-051510-031312-05
Marcus9-05324 1216 9-19244 516 10-31
Brooks 19789-05123 416 9-12103 116 9-1982 1416 10-10
Rue9-12304 316 9-19243 1516 10-03183 916 10-17
Collinson9-12163 1016 10-10
Hickson9-12123 116 9-26103 016 10-10
Simpson9-19163 916 10-10
Chica9-19123 716 10-03103 416 10-17
Leona9-261831016 10-031610-10
Melendez9-262631416 10-102231116 10-24183716 11-07
Herman10-03163 916 10-17143 616 10-31
Pinkerton (CP)10-03133 316 10-17113 016 10-31911-14
Taylor10-10143 516 10-24123 216 11-07
Ajax (B-7)10-10183 1416 10-31
Booth 310-10163 816 10-17143 616 10-31
Semil 3410-171831016 10-31163816 11-14143516 11-28
Semil 4310-241831016 11-7163816 11-21143516 12-05
Booth 111-14163 1216 11-28123 616 12-12
Zio (P)11-14123 116 11-28102 1416 12-12
Gossman11-28113 116 12-26
Brookslate12-05183 1316 12-12
12-19
16
14
3 1016
3 816
1-02
1-16
12
10
3 516 1-30
Meya (P)12-12133 216 12-26113 016 1-09
Reed (CP)12-12123 416 12-26103 316 1-0993 016 1-23

1Avocados of the West Indian type varieties and seedlings not listed elsewhere in table 1.

2Avocados of the Guatemalan type varieties and seedlings, hybrid varieties and seedlings, and unidentified seedlings not listed elsewhere in table I.

(3) Avocados which fail to meet the maturity requirements specified in this section must be maintained under the supervision of the Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service using the Positive Lot Identification program, and when presented for reinspection, must meet the maturity requirements which correspond to the date of the original inspection.

(b) The term diameter means the greatest dimension measured at a right angle to a straight line from the stem to the blossom end of the fruit.

(c) The term importation means release from custody of the United States Customs Service. The term commercial processing into products means the manufacture of avocado product which is preserved by any recognized commercial process, including canning, freezing, dehydrating, drying, the addition of chemical substances, or by fermentation.

(d) Any person may import up to 55 pounds of avocados exempt from the requirements specified in this section.

(e) The Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service, Fruit and Vegetable Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, is designated as the governmental inspection service for certifying the grade, size, quality, and maturity of avocados imported into the United States. Inspection by the Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service with evidence thereof in the form of an official inspection certificate, issued by the respective service, applicable to the particular shipment of avocados, is required on all such imports. The inspection and certification services will be available upon application in accordance with the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Products (7 CFR part 51), and in accordance with the regulation designating inspection services and procedure for obtaining inspection and certification (7 CFR 944.400).

(f) Any lot or portion thereof which fails to meet the import requirements, and is not being imported for purposes of consumption by charitable institutions, distribution by relief agencies, seed, or commercial processing into products; prior to or after reconditioning may be exported or disposed of under the supervision of the Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service with the costs of certifying the disposal of such lot borne by the importer.

(g) The maturity requirements of this section shall not be applicable to avocados imported for consumption by charitable institutions, distribution by relief agencies, seed, or commercial processing into products, but such avocados shall be subject to the safeguard provisions contained in §944.350.

[59 FR 30871, June 16, 1994, as amended at 61 FR 13058, Mar. 26, 1996; 64 FR 53186, Oct. 1, 1999; 73 FR 26945, May 12, 2008; 79 FR 55354, Sept. 16, 2014]

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