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Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

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Category: Sample Data-Articles Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 Written by Super User

Samoa grows an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and is able to produce many of these without the need of expensive crops sprays or treatments. An introduction of an exotic pest or disease could change all that, damaging our environment, increasing production costs or altering our dietary habits.
Because they are in a fresh state, and mainly arrive here soon after their harvest, fresh fruits and vegetables present an ongoing biosecurity risk.

Many are prohibited and others are restricted and may need treatment either prior to shipment, or on arrival.

In all cases the Quarantine Service undertakes a risk assessment based on sound technical information.

Some fruits and vegetables brought into Samoa do not present a biosecurity risk, however there are some that will - or that could harbor pests that would be a serious threat to our economy and environment.

It is not possible to itemise fruits and vegetables that will be allowed unconditional entry as the pest and disease status of overseas countries is constantly changing - and the fruit and vegetables market is extremely sensitive to these changes.

Importers of commercial consignments must be constantly aware of these changes, and update their records accordingly - it is up to you to liaise with the Quarantine Service and to know the import requirements.

We do not encourage travelers to bring fruits and vegetables here. Where fruits and vegetables are allowed they must always be accompanied by a (prior) Permit to Import and associated entry documentation.

We do encourage travelers to declare what they have so that the Quarantine Officer can decide on the biosecurity risk status of the item.

Always declare these items, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some items may be prohibited entry, and others may require treatment before entry can be allowed.

Please be aware that there are severe penalties for non-declaration of risk items.

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