(Feb. 6) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will apparently begin issuing import permits under the agency’s new streamlined process for commercial shipments of sweet cherries from Australia into the U.S.

According to an APHIS news release, the fruit must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Australian national plant protection organization certifying that the fruit either originated from a fruit fly-free area or received the required treatment.

A pest risk analysis determined that sweet cherries from Australia can be brought safely into the U.S. if they meet all five of the designated phytosanitary measures under the new notice-based approval process, APHIS noted in the release.