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Plant Inspection Stations

 

Federal regulations require that most imported plants and seeds enter the United States through certain ports of entry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) operates plant inspection stations for the inspection and clearance of those items.

At the plant inspection stations, PPQ Plant Health Safeguarding Specialists inspect imported plants and seeds to insure that they are free from plants pests and diseases that are not known to occur in the U.S. and which could be damaging to either U.S. agriculture or natural resources. These specialists also ensure that the plants and seeds comply with Federal import regulations and permitting requirements. When regulated pests or diseases are detected, PPQ may require that the planting material be treated, exported or destroyed.

At the plant inspection stations, PPQ enforces the rules and regulations that apply to the import, export and re-export of plant species protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Traded in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Many of the plant inspection stations also issue phytosanitary certificates for the export of plants, seeds, and other propagative materials.

USDA-APHIS-PPQ has 16 plant inspection stations in the U.S. located at or near major international airports and seaports. One station is the National Plant Germplasm Inspection Station (NPGIS) located in Beltsville, Maryland. The NPGIS is uniquely designed for the inspection of small amounts of plant germplasm imported or exported for plant breeding and research purposes.

List of Plant Inspection Station Addresses and Contact Information

ARIZONA

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
200 N. Mariposa Rd. B-500
Nogales, AZ 85621
Phone (520) 285-5400 - Fax (520) 287-2117

CALIFORNIA

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
222 Kansas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone (310) 955-3258 - Fax (310) 955-3344​

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
389 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 2
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone (650) 876-9093 - Fax (650) 876-9008

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
9777 Via de la Amistad, Room 140
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone (619) 661-3316 - Fax (619) 661-3047

FLORIDA

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
6302 NW 36 Street
Miami, Florida 33122
Phone (305) 492-1800 - Fax (305) 492-1796

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
3951 Centerport St.
Orlando, FL 32827
Phone (407) 825-4222 - Fax (407) 648-6859

GEORGIA

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
1220 Toffie Terrace
Atlanta, GA 30354
Phone (404) 260-7830 – Fax: (404) 260-7744

GUAM

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
17-3306 Neptune Avenue
Tiyan, Barrigada, GU 96913
Phone (671) 475-0854 - Fax (671) 475-0853

HAWAII

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Honolulu Inspection Station
Honolulu International Airport
300 Rodgers Blvd., #58
Honolulu, HI 96819-1897
Phone (808) 834-3240 - Fax (808) 861-8500

MARYLAND

USDA, APHIS. PPQ
National Plant Germplasm Inspection Station
Building 580, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: (301) 313-9327 - Fax: (301) 313-9232
(For noncommercial research materials imported under a 588 Departmental permit or Controlled Import Permit.)

NEW JERSEY

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Linden Plant Inspection Station
1500 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036
Phone (908) 986-9200 - Fax (908) 862-2095

NEW YORK

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
230-59 International Airport Centers Boulevard
Building C-Suite 100-Room 109
Jamaica, New York 11413
Phone (718) 553-3500 - Fax (718) 553-3510

PUERTO RICO

USDA APHIS PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
150 Central Sector
Building C-2, Warehouse 3
Carolina, PR. 00979
Phone (787) 253-7850 - Fax (787) 253-4514

TEXAS

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
P.O. Drawer Box 399
100 Los Indios Boulevard
Los Indios, TX 78567
Phone (956) 399-2085 - Fax (956) 399-4001

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
19581 Lee Road
Humble, TX 77338
Phone (281) 233-7100 - Fax (281) 230-7273

WASHINGTON

USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Inspection Station
835 South 192nd Street, Suite 1600
SeaTac, WA 98148-2394
Phone (206) 878-6600 - Fax (206) 870-8043



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