Plant Protection and Quarantine Enforcement Summary
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Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Enforcement Summary

To support domestic plant health in fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS initiated 66 cases and issued 20 pre-litigation settlement agreements, resulting in the collection of $67,762 in stipulated penalties. Of note were an IES investigation into the alleged prohibited importation of Hass avocados into Puerto Rico by a company that settled for a civil penalty of $17,500; as well as an IES investigation for an alleged wood packaging materials violation involving a company that produced and used a fraudulent International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15) stamp to mark several wooden crates, resulting in a settlement for a civil penalty of $12,500. Additionally, IES Investigators working with the USDA Office of the General Counsel obtained a Decision and Order resulting in a civil penalty of $130,000 to a company for the improper movement of imported fire ants; and a Default Decision resulting in a civil penalty of $12,500 to an individual for attempting to bring wood across the United States / Mexico border without proper permits.

Totals FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
(through 1st quarter)
Cases Initiated 55 66 5
Warnings 11 20 2
Settlement Agreements 18 20 3
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $101,926 $67,762 $3,219
Non-Monetary Stipulations 0 0 0
Referrals to OGC 8 (alleged violators)

5 (cases)
1 (alleged violator)

1 (case)
0
Administrative Complaints 1 0 0
Administrative Decisions 4 6 0
Civil Penalties Assessed $30,625 $142,500 $0
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