APHIS Announces New Import Database for Agricultural Products


Trade Update • July 20, 2021

he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be replacing its Fruit and Vegetable Import Requirements (FAVIR) database with the newly developed Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR) database as of September 30, 2022.

Designed to provide importers and trade industry members with a simple search interface, ACIR will become the official location for finding and displaying import requirements for commodities currently found in the FAVIR database, in addition to the following import manuals:

  • Cut Flowers and Greenery Manual
  • Seeds Not for Planting Manual
  • Miscellaneous Processed Products Manual

As of September 30, 2022, the FAVIR web page will automatically redirect users to the ACIR landing page, and FAVIR will no longer be available on the APHIS website. On October 3, APHIS will remove the three manuals from its public-facing USDA website. The manuals will remain available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and APHIS staff on an internal website. They will remain there for a transition period extending through the end of the calendar year 2023.

APHIS created a series of short, ACIR video tutorials for importers, brokers, and members of the public to learn how to navigate the ACIR interface. To ensure a smooth transition, APHIS strongly recommends that users of FAVIR or the three import manuals begin to use ACIR as of now. ACIR already offers access to all the commodity import requirement information found in the manuals.

ACIR provides a single source for users to search for and retrieve entry requirements for imported commodities, including treatment schedules, inspection procedures, and other necessary information to determine admissibility without the need to access multiple manuals.

ACIR can also be used to check whether you need to apply for a permit. APHIS’ eFile system for permit, license, and registration applications uses the ACIR import requirement data when processing plant and plant product permit applications.


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