The CA blueberry industry is currently working with APHIS and other industry stakeholders to seek market access to South Africa for fresh blueberries. This work is ongoing.
Until formalized market access is secured, fresh U.S. blueberries may potentially be shipped to South Africa following the issuance of a Phytosanitary Certificate and an Import Permit (IP). It is not clear if South Africa will issue an import permit for access while formal market access negotiations are ongoing. If they do, shippers must follow the regulations included in the IP.
U.S. exporters should direct their IP requests to South Africa’s national plant protection organization:
Ms. Jeanette Albertyn
Directorate of Plant Health and Quality
National Department of Agriculture
Private Bag X258
Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: 27 12 3196102
Fax: 27 12 3196370
IP application forms should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the arrival date of the importation. Application forms must be completed in legible letters and figures – written, typewritten, or printed in one of the official languages of South Africa. English is among the official languages. The IP application must indicate both the common and scientific names of plants.
Phytosanitary certificates must be given to the inspector at the port of entry in South Africa.