In its recently published updated enhanced inspection rate list for foods imported to Taiwan, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has kept onions on the list while removing lettuce.
The notice was sent to us by Theresa Yoshioka, International Trade Manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. An Agricultural Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 9 noted the new regulations went into effect on Jan. 1 and indicated the U.S. report “contains assessments of commodity and trade issues made by USDA staff and not necessarily statements of official U.S. government policy.” It continued, “Designated products from specified countries on the list are subject to a heightened 20 to 50 percent import inspection rate before quarantine clearance.
“Effective Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020, all U.S. origin fresh blueberry and onions will be subject to enhanced inspection rates when entering Taiwan. TFDA removed U.S. lettuce from the enhanced inspection list. The full list of countries and tariff codes is available on the TFDA website.”