Today's Cotton Newsline is 4 cuts. All cuts are Christian Dellis, Senior Export Specialist with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a department of the USDA.
Suggested Introduction 1:
The USDA's Memphis office for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, or APHIS, has completed an electronic signature trial, which began in 2010 for Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking also known as PCIT certificates for baled cotton. Christian Dellis, Senior Export Specialist with APHIS, explains how the trial got its start.
Suggested Introduction 2:
The PCIT system is designed to create better efficiency for cotton shippers, marketing co-ops, and freight forwarders. It also reduces the need to create and track paper documents.
Suggested Introduction 3:
The use of the PCIT system has expanded to areas in Texas. Eventually, any commodity may be certified with an electronic signature.
Suggested Introduction 4:
Dellis comments on where he sees the system in the future.