Trevino International, Inc.
US Customhouse Broker
Licensed Customs Broker
District of Laredo- Port of Pharr, Progreso, Brownsville, Rio Grande
What are the Wood Packing Material Requirements?
All wood packing material must be marked and treated by either of two methods, heat treatment or methyl bromide. Examples of WPM includes but not limited to pallets, skids, pallet collars, containers, crating/crates, boxes, cases, bins, reels, drums, load boards, dunnage. Wood packaging made of exempt materials but combined with solid wood components must still be treated and marked. Enclosed is the example of the marking which contains the Country where it was marked, the facility identification code that treated the WPM, the treatment method, and the inspection agency logo.
Failure to treat or properly mark each pallet in the shipment will result in inadmissibility and the cargo will be refused by Agriculture. ALL WPM must be visible, and clearly marked. Multiple IPPC logos belonging to various treatment facilities within the same and/or added wood pieces to reconstruct a pallet that is not marked will also result in a refusal.
In the following link you will find WPM requirements for each country:
Customs and Border Protection has launched a program to
expedite the release of agricultural products that are proven to have low risk
of spreading disease or pests.
The National Agriculture Release Program will
allow selected high-volume cargoes to be released into U.S. commerce with fewer
inspections by agriculture specialists.
The enclosed commodities are in the
NARP program for Mexico: asparagus, banana, banana leaves, bean (only Vigna
spp. And Phaseolus spp), beet, bell pepper, bitter melon, blackberry,
cantaloupe, carrot, chayote, chive, coconut, cucumber, eggplant, grape, green
beans, honeydew melon, jicama, leek, lemon, lettuce, lime, onion, parsnip, pea,
pecan, Persian limes, prickly pear fruit, raspberry, squash, strawberry,
What are common Agriculture refusals?
- Soil contamination on merchandise
- Citrus leaf on merchandise
- Multiple seals, or illegible seals on WPM
- Paracoccus marginatus- papaya mealybug
- Membracidae- treehopper
- Osbonellus (Cicadellidae)- leafhopper
- Pityopthorus- scolytidae (twig beetle)
- Galsisuccinea luteola (snail)
- Lobometopon (Darkling Beetle)
What are the different types of Import Alerts with FDA?
There are two different types of automatic detention. One is
caused when the shipper has been sampled and found violated. This causes the
shipper to be placed on an import alert and placed on a list known as Detention
without Physical Examination which is known to be a red list.
This link has a
list of all the import alerts from Mexico:
The second type of automatic detention is based on a few
commodities. At the moment these commodities for Mexico are dry pepper, dry
tamarind, and papayas. These commodities are considered to be of high risk and
require a private lab analysis unless the shippers have met the criteria and
are placed on a list of exclusion of Detention Without Physical Examination
which is also known as the green list. If the shipper is in the list in the
enclosed link then they are exempt from having to do private labs.
Dry Peppers: Import Alert 24-11
Dry Tamarind: Import Alert 21-07
Papayas: Import Alert 21-17
What are the overweight requirements with DPS?
Texas Department of Public Safety is strategically located
outside the US Import lot. Although the maximum weight allowable is 80,000 per
truckload, overweight fines are be placed on all loads exceeding 1,000 lbs over
the 34,000 allowable per axle. If the weight is between 35,000-37,500 lbs, a
penalty will be issued but no merchandise will have to be unloaded.
Fines are as follows
Overweight’s less than 5,000 lbs- $219.00
Overweight’s between 5,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs- $567.00
Overweight’s more than 10,000 lbs- $1087.00