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Plant Health

Preclearance Activities

Preclearance is committed to providing high quality, timely services to our customers. In conjunction with International Services (IS), Preclearance inspections, treatments and/or other mitigation measures are conducted in foreign countries under the direct supervision of qualified APHIS personnel in accordance with phytosanitary procedures specified by the Agency. These procedures are designed to identify and/or mitigate the risk of exotic pest introductions through action taken in foreign countries. Integrity checks to ensure compliance with the program guidelines may be conducted at the U.S. port of entry. Proposals for agricultural commodity Preclearance programs are typically developed jointly by the host country’s plant protection service and participating industry. If requested, APHIS will provide appropriate host country officials with assistance in work plan development.

Preclearance Activities serve to perform the following functions:

  • Conduct offshore agricultural commodity Preclearance inspections, treatments and/or other mitigation measures in foreign countries under the direct supervision of qualified APHIS personnel in accordance with phytosanitary procedures specified by the Agency;
  • Support trade facilitation and pest exclusion by approving and/or proposing new programs;
  • Expedite the movement of commodities and giving additional protection to U.S. Agriculture;
  • Ensure compliance with program guidelines and APHIS Preclearance protocols; and
  • Certify offshore plant production facilities for specific phytosanitary concerns.


Contact Information:
For additional information, please contact the Preclearance Staff at: 301-851-2281.



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