PALAU TO EXEMPT FRUIT IMPORTS FROM QUARANTINE

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Oct. 22) — The Palau House of Delegates has deferred the passage of a bill that would exempt fruits and vegetables from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia and New Zealand from quarantine regulations.

House Bill 6-174 was passed on second reading but the House Committee on Commerce and Trade chaired by Del. Florencio Yamada said they are reviewing the measure further before taking action on it.

"We plan to pass it on third and final reading probably next week," Yamada said.

In its report, the committee said the bill would allow the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia and New Zealand to export fruits and vegetables to Palau without being subjected to quarantine regulations.

But Del. Augustine Mesebeluu said Palau should continue to enforce the quarantine regulations.

"I think we should continue to require them to be quarantined — however, we should (also) simplify our quarantine laws," Mesebeluu said.

The bill, the committee said, would allow Palau to import a greater variety and higher quality supply of fruits and vegetables, which would benefit the economy.

The bill stated that fruits and vegetables from these Asian countries may be exempted from the quarantine regulations but only if they meet quarantine regulations for exportation to the United States and Japan.

October 22, 2003

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