USDA may issue PPQ 588 permits for small volumes of prohibited or not authorized plants or plant products intended for experimental purposes under the following Regulatory Authorities: 319.8-19, 319.8-20 , 319.15 , 319.24 (b), 319.37-2 (c), 319.40-2(d), 319.41, and 319.55.
In an October 25, 2011 Federal Register notice, APHIS proposed to amend regulations concerning the importation of plants and plant products by establishing the controlled import permit (CIP). The CIP would act as a single type of authorization for the importation of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant material for experimental, therapeutic or developmental purposes. The CIP would be used in place of departmental permits and several other APHIS authorizations, and would consolidate and make consistent the conditions for obtaining authorization for the importation of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant materials. For more information about the status of the implementation of CIP, please sign up for the PPQ Stakeholder Registry or visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/10/
Last Modified: April 3, 2012