A proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule could open the door to the U.S. for Kenyan vegetable exporters.

The proposed rule from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, published March 25 in the Federal Register, would allow imports of French beans and runner beans from the Republic of Kenya to the U.S. if they meet certain phytosanitary requirements.

The USDA said in the proposed rule that both commodities would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes standards for washing, packing, processing and inspection.

All comments received by May 24 will be considered, the agency said.

The USDA said Kenyan exporters expect to ship about 800 metrics tons per year to the U.S., roughly between 5% and 10% of Kenya’s average annual exports. The USDA projected U.S. imports of Kenyan French beans will range somewhere between 800 metric tons and 3,500 metric tons. At the highest projected level, Kenya French beans would be equal to 1.3% of the annual consumption of French beans in the U.S.