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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on April 6th, 2020. The inspections will be for not only the brown rugose fruit virus, but also quality and condition defects as agreed to in the antidumping suspension agreement that was finalized in September.

This impacts all fresh tomatoes from Mexico, with the exception of tomatoes on the vine, specialty tomatoes, and grape tomatoes in retail packages of 2 pounds or less.  Importers are responsible for all USDA inspection fees.

As a reminder to our clients, we encourage trucks to cross during Agriculture hours so the shipments can receive inspection. The hours for local ports are:

Buffalo Peace Bridge
Tuesday – Saturday: 24-hour coverage
Sunday & Monday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday –Thursday: 24-hour coverage
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday – Saturday: 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM (no staffing from 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM)

Port Huron
Sunday – Saturday: 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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