Phytosanitary Certificate Requirements on Plant Imports into Japan Delayed

The implementation of the requirement for phytosanitary certificates on shipments to Japan is delayed without new dates for implementation.
In November 2019 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Plant Protection Department stated that beginning in June 2020, all grain and oilseed imports must submit a valid phytosanitary certificate with each shipment. Given some concerns expressed by members of the industry, USSEC worked with industry partners and the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to request a delay in implementation.  APHIS formally made the request to MAFF and has received confirmation the requirement is being delayed.  Unfortunately, there are no further details at this time, but USSEC will keep the U.S. soy industry informed as we receive more information.
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