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Complete List of Electronic Manuals 

Aerial Application Manual (PDF; 6.3Mb) [Latest Update: 05/11/07]
Help plan and conduct aerial applications that support domestic, emergency, and biological control programs.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley .

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Monitoring (AQIM) Handbook (PDF; 1.63Mb) [Latest Update: 07/31/13]
Provides an information source for implementing AQIM at designated work locations, training employees about the basics of risk analysis and risk management, and analyzing information so managers can make better risk-based decisions.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.


Animal Product Manual (PDF; 18.8Mb) [Latest Update: 09/08/2014]
Provides the background, procedures, and regulatory actions to enforce the regulations governing the import and export of animals, animal products, and animal by-products .

Disclaimer of Liability: In using the Animal Product Manual on this Web site, the U.S. Government neither warrants nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or procedure disclosed. The primary purpose of this manual is to serve as a regulatory tool for officers. It is only posted for public access as a reference. It is not the intention of Plant Protection and Quarantine to provide specific regulatory advice, but rather to provide the public with information to better understand the regulatory processes for regulating meat and other animal products and by-products. The changing disease status of other countries and constant flux of import regulations, make it impossible to validate every piece of information in this manual. All of the information available in this manual is within the public domain. Therefore, such information in the manual may be freely downloaded and reproduced.

  • Minimal Risk Rule Job Aid - This job aid is associated with the "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Minimal Risk Rule Training for Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists. (PDF; 78Kb)


Send all comments or questions to Amy Frevert.

Bulb Identification Manual (PDF; 5.7Mb) [Latest Update: 12/16/11]
This manual serves as a reference for officers who will inspect bulbs for shipment to North America.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.

Canadian Border Agricultural Clearance Manual (PDF; 5.4Mb) [Latest Update: 06/25/14]
Serves as a guide for authorized Federal officers at ports of entry along the Canadian Border.

Send all comments or questions to Bruce Attavian.


CITES I-II-III Timber Species Manual (PDF; 6.9 Mb) [Latest Update: 09/18/14]
Provides CBP and PPQ personnel with guidelines for the import, re-export, violation, seizure, and forfeiture of CITES Appendix I, Appendix II, and Appendix III protected timber species.

Send all comments or questions to Debi Briggs.


Cut Flowers and Greenery Import Manual (PDF; 1.59Mb) [Latest Update: 08/20/14]
Provides the background, procedures, and reference tables for regulating the fresh, cut portion of the plant when it is imported for decoration or ornamentation, and for protecting plants that are threatened with extinction due to trade in those plants or their derivatives.

Send all questions or comments to Bruce Attavian.

Emerald Ash Borer Program Manual (PDF; 4.74 Mb) [Latest Update: 4/01/11] Provides PPQ personnel and cooperators with information and procedures for surveys, regulatory actions and other Emerald Ash Borer Program activities.

Send all comments to Paul Chaloux, National Program Coordinator.

Emergency Response Manual (PDF; 2.36 Mb) [Latest Update: 11/1/10] The Emergency Response Manual is a field reference to help employees quickly find the information they need when using the Incident Command System to respond to a plant health emergency.

Export Program Manual (PDF; 6.4Mb) [Latest Update: 05/16/14]
An operational manual for Authorized Certification Officials to enable them to inspect and issue Federal Export Certificates for plants and plant products. Also provides information that helps exporters meet the plant quarantine import requirements of foreign countries. (First Edition of the Export Program Manual 12/2006-01)


Send all comments to Michael Perry.

Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP) Program Manual (PDF; 298Kb) [Latest Update: 08/19/14]
An operational manual for State Plant Regulatory Officials to guide them through the petition process to establish and maintain a Federally recognized program. The manual will also assist PPQ staff in the evaluation process and serve as a resource for PPQ and CBP port of entry personnel, as well as the import community, industry, and trading partners. The FRSMP Program is not yet operational and the attached manual is a sample of the material under development.

Send all questions or comments to Bruce Attavian.

Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements (FAVIR) Online Database 
APHIS launched a new searchable online database, known as the Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements (FAVIR) database. FAVIR allows customers to search, by commodity or country, for authorized fruits and vegetables and their requirements for importation into the United States. View the above link to access the online database and for additional information related to FAVIR.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Import Manual (PDF; 3.10Mb) [Latest Update: 08/21/14]
Lists by country fruits and vegetables that are admissible into the United States. Includes a description of methods for sampling and inspecting selected fruits and vegetables. Contains pictorial identification guides, and a glossary for common and scientific names of fruits and vegetables.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.


Golden Nematode Program Manual (PDF; 2.3Mb) [Latest Update: 01/09/14]
Provides information and procedures for surveys, sample processing, regulatory control, and treatment of regulated commodities associated with golden nematode (Globodera rostochiensis).

Send all questions or comments to Bruce Attavian.

Grasshopper Guidebook - Provisional (PDF; 1.8Mb)
Serves as a first stop for information for those who manage grasshopper and Mormon cricket survey and suppression programs.

Grasshopper EIS (PDF; 1.67Mb)
Grasshopper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) This document examines the environmental effects of two suppression alternatives that use insecticides and a no action alternative. [2002]

Gypsy Moth Manual (PDF; 2.55Mb)
A prototype of the Gypsy Moth Program Manual.

Send all comments to Bruce Attavian. [Latest Update: 05/29/14]

Hawaii Manual (PDF; 386Kb) [Latest Update: 10/01/14]
Used for regulating plants, plant parts, and products intended for both propagative and nonpropagative purposes. Used also for regulating carriers originating in Hawaii and moving to other parts of the United States.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.

Imported Fire Ant Program (PDF; 2.27Mb) [Latest Update: 09/20/12]
Provides PPQ personnel and cooperators with information and procedures for surveys, regulatory actions, and treatments of regulated commodities associated with the Imported Fire Ant Quarantine, (7 CFR 301.81).

Send all comments to Charles Brown.

Japanese Beetle Program Manual for Airports (PDF; 1.71Mb) [Latest Update: 07/16/12]
Provides guidelines to protect the agriculture of the Western United States from the Japanese Beetle.

Send all comments to Josie Cooley.

Karnal Bunt Manual (PDF; 3.69Mb) [Latest Update: 03/08/07]
Provides PPQ personnel and cooperators with a job aid to help them control the spread of Karnal Bunt in the United States.
Users: PPQ officers and cooperators, including personnel from ARS, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas departments of agriculture, and Methods Development.

Send all questions or comments to Bruce Attavian

Mexican Border Job Aid (PDF; 44 Kb) [Latest Update: 07/18/12]
(Replaces the Mexican Border Manual) Serves as a guide for authorized Federal officers at ports of entry along the Mexican border. Covers regulatory action to take for noncommercial importations originating in Mexico.

Miscellaneous and Processed Products (PDF; 1.36Mb) [Latest Update: 09/22/14]
Used for regulating imported items that are processed and are not intended for propagation.

Send all comments or questions to Amy Frevert.


National Detector Dog Manual (PDF; 2.68Mb) [Latest Update: 04/25/12]
Serves as a guide for experienced canine officers to assist them in performing their duties, and as a training tool for orienting new canine officers, and general information for secondary users.

Send all questions or comments to Bruce Attavian.

New Pest Response Guidelines
New Pest Response Guidelines are developed by PPQ to prepare for the arrival of a new pest into the United States.


Panicle Rice Mite Manual (PDF; 2.0Mb) [Latest Update 04/25/12]
Effective November 1 2011, APHIS reclassified Panicle Rice Mite ( Steneotarsonemus spinki, PRM) to a non-quarantine pest. APHIS is maintaining the manual on this web page for reference by the States, rice researchers, and industry members.

Email questions regarding PRM to Andrea.B.Simao@aphis.usda.gov

Plants for Planting Manual (Interim Edition) (PDF; 2.9Mb) [Updated 08/06/14]  
Replaces the Nursery Stock Restrictions Manual.

Send all comments or questions to Debi Briggs.


Postentry Quarantine Manual for State Inspectors (PDF; 4.2Mb) [Latest Update: 09/10/14]
This manual covers procedures for conducting PEQ tasks beginning with the request to approve a growing site and ending with the release or refusal of the plant material.

Send all comments or questions to Amy Frevert.

Puerto Rico Manual and the U.S. Virgin Islands Manual (PDF; 335Kb) [Latest Update: 10/01/14]
Used for regulating plants, plant parts, and products intended for both propagative and nonpropagative purposes. Used also for regulating carriers originating in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands and moving to the United States or other territories. Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.

Seeds Not for Planting Manual (PDF; 1.73Mb) [Latest Update: 09/18/14]
Used for regulating importations of unprocessed seeds that are imported for consumption and are not intended for planting.

Send all comments or questions to Debi Briggs.

Treatment Manual (PDF; 4.5Mb) [Latest Update 09/11/2014]
Operational guide for selecting and conducting quarantine treatments. The procedures and treatment schedules in this manual are administratively authorized for use by APHIS to prevent the movement of agricultural pests into or within the United States. Listed treatments include chemical treatments such as fumigation with methyl bromide, and nonchemical treatments with heat, cold, or irradiation.

Send all comments or questions to Josie Cooley.



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