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Published December 02 2012

North Dakota ag certificates up; more commodities exported

BISMARCK — Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a big increase in the documentation required for agricultural exports means North Dakota is selling more commodities overseas.

Goehring says phytosanitary certificates verify that the plants or plant products are free from certain pests and comply with regulations of the importing county.

The state issued more than 2,500 phytosanitary certificates in fiscal 2012. That's up 30 percent from the previous year.

The 2012 certificates indicate that North Dakota's leading customers include Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, India, Thailand, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Italy and Spain. Some important customers, such as Japan, do not require phytosanitary certificates.