In response to a request from United Fresh, the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to delay implementation of its recently announced proposal to require import certificates for all organic produce coming into the U.S. from Mexico. The proposal was announced just before Christmas, with an original implementation date of January 16, 2017. United Fresh reached out to the agency to ask for a delay to allow affected produce providers more time to become familiar with the requirements and make the necessary changes to their operations. AMS complied with the request and the new implementation date will be announced in the coming days.
“We appreciate the agency’s recognition that these new requirements will impact business operations in a growing sector, and their willingness to work with United Fresh and other industry stakeholders to ensure there is adequate time for compliance,” said United Fresh Senior Vice President for Public Policy Robert Guenther. “Clearly more time was needed so we put forward the request and fortunately, the agency agreed. We’ll keep working with everybody involved to make sure produce providers have all the information they need to comply.”
AMS’s announcement can be found here.