INSPECTION REQUIRED: All oranges, except for exempted quantities are required to be inspected and certified as meeting the following grade and size requirements prior to importation, which includes release from custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), in accordance with § 944.312 (7 CFR Part 944). This orange import regulation is issued under Section 8e (7 U.S.C. 608) of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674). Grade and size requirements are in effect for oranges imported into the United States from September 1 through June 30 of each year.
GRADE REQUIREMENT: Must grade at least U.S. No. 2, except during the months of July and August.
SIZE REQUIREMENT: The oranges must be at least 2 6/16 inches in diameter.
*Orange import requirements do not apply to minimum quantities not exceeding 400 pounds or equivalent quantity.
CONDITIONS FOR THE IMPORTATION OF COMMODITIES EXEMPT FROM IMPORT REQUIREMENTS: The Importer's Exempt Commodity Form (FV-6) is used for oranges for the consumption in exempted outlets such as charitable institutions, distribution by relief agencies, animal feed, or commercial processing, including canning, freezing, dehydrating, drying, and the addition of chemical substances or by fermentation. Oranges that are imported for exempt use cannot be shipped to processors who have facilities, equipment, or outlets to repack or sell in fresh form.
Contact the Marketing Order and Agreement Division’s (MOAD) Compliance and Enforcement Branch at (202) 720-2491 for more information on filing the FV-6 exemption certificates within two days after the commodity enters the United States.
DISPOSITION OF ORANGES FAILING TO MEET INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS: Oranges failing to meet the above import requirements may be: (1) exported; (2) disposed of under Federal or Federal-State Inspection Program supervision with the importer bearing the costs of certifying the disposal of such oranges; (3) diverted to an exempt outlet using the FV-6 form (see various approved outlets and procedures listed above) or; (4) reconditioned and reinspected with the failed portion disposed of under the procedures number (2) or (3) listed above.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING USDA INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION: The Federal or Federal-State Inspection Program, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is designated as the governmental inspection agency for the purpose of certifying the grade, size, quality, and maturity of oranges prior to importation into the United States, and will issue the official inspection certificates required on all orange imports.
USDA inspection and certification services will be available upon application, in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the inspection and certification of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products (7 CFR Part 51). The cost of the inspection and certification will be borne by the applicant.
Orange importers should make arrangements for inspection and certification at least one day prior to entry at Port inspection offices, two days prior to entry at the Field Operations Section at the Washington Headquarters office at (202) 720-2482 or (800) 811-2373.
Washington Headquarters Inspection Office: USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Specialty Crop Inspection Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 1661-S, Stop Code 0240, Washington, D.C. 20250-0240. Telephone: (202) 720-2482 or (800) 811-2373.