U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a newly appointed member of the president’s export council, urged the president to exempt bulk shipments of apples to Canada from double inspection.

Fixing this would help New York apple growers streamline operations and save money. Exempting bulk shipments of U.S. apples to Canada from double inspection required by the apple export act would offer growers immediate savings of approximately $300 per truckload and allow growers to create their own distribution schedules, eliminating costly after-hours inspection procedures.

The Apple and Pear Export Act of 1933 requires that all exported apples be inspected.

However, pears have been excluded from the law since 1999. The elimination of apples from this out-of-date law would enable apple farmers to have more control over their work schedules.

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