The AMS Specialty Crops Program administers Marketing Orders and Section 8e Import regulations that apply quality standards to certain fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops entering the United States. These standards ensure that consumers have access to high-quality products and ensure that the American produce industry and imports are competing on a level playing field.
See the specific requirements for regulated imports through links provided at Section 8e & Imports.
Since July 23, 2016, CBP has required all importers to submit their entry filings through the ACE as part of a government-wide deployment of the new International Trade Data System (ITDS). The ACE electronic interface is accelerating the processing of entry filings for all importers by automating clearance processes by all government agencies, including AMS. To accomplish this, CBP requires each government agency to electronically message back to ACE with the status of each entry filing. With ACE, importers will be able to determine the entry status under AMS or any other Agency’s requirements that determine release by CBP for entry into the United States. Presenting your products for AMS inspection segregated by Customs Entry Number allows AMS to notify CBP so that your products can be released into the channels of commerce quickly and efficiently.
Additionally, AMS routinely inspects egg imports for compliance with U.S. quality standards, including storage and transportation temperature requirements.
To further facilitate domestic and international movement of U.S. agricultural products, AMS works to develop centralized electronic trade document solutions, including the International Trade Data System (ITDS). This electronic system gives authorized product owners, buyers, carriers, brokers, and government port agents access to critical information around the clock and around the world--making the certification and verification process even faster and easier.
AMS also oversees compliance with the Export Apple Act and Export Grape and Plum Act, through regulations promulgated by AMS/MOAD. See 7 CFR Part 33 for regulations applicable to exporting apples from the United States. See 7 CFR Part 35 for regulations applicable to exporting grapes and plums from the United States.