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What Plant Material Requires a Permit?

Under the nursery stock quarantine (7CFR319.37-3), the following restricted articles (other than articles for food, analytical, medicinal, or manufacturing purposes) in any of the following categories may be imported or offered for importation into the United States only after issuance of a written permit by Plant Protection and Quarantine:

  • Lots of 13 or more articles (other than seeds, bulbs, or sterile cultures of orchid plants) from any country or locality except Canada;
  • Seeds of trees or shrubs from any country or locality except Canada;
  • Articles subject to treatment and other requirements of §319.37-6;
  • Articles subject to the postentry quarantine conditions of §319.37-7;
  • Small lots of seed imported without a phytosanitary certificate;
  • Bulbs of Allium sativum , Crocosmia spp., Gladiolus spp. and Watsonia spp. from New Zealand; Cocos nucifera (coconut); and articles (except seeds) of Dianthus spp. from any country except Canada;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Malus spp., Pyrus spp., Prunus spp., Cydonia spp., Chaenomeles spp. and Rubus spp., from Canada;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Castanopsis spp. destined to California or Oregon;
  • Articles of Ribes spp. (including seeds) destined to Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, or Wisconsin;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Planera spp. or Zelkova spp. from Europe, Canada, St. Pierre Island, or Miquelon Island and destined to California, Nevada, or Oregon;
  • Seeds of Prunus spp. (almond, apricot, cherry, cherry laurel, English laurel, nectarine, peach, plum, prune) from Canada and destined to Colorado, Michigan, New York, Washington, or West Virginia;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Vitis spp. (grape) from Canada and destined to California, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Corylus spp. from provinces east of Manitoba in Canada and destined to Oregon or Washington;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Pinus spp. from Canada;
  • Articles (except seeds) of Ulmus spp. from Canada and destined to California, Nevada, or Oregon;
  • Solanum tuberosum true seed from New Zealand and the X Region of Chile (that area of Chile between 39° and 44° South latitude—see §319.37-5(o));
  • Articles (except seeds) of Fraxinus spp. from counties or municipal regional counties in Canada that are not regulated for emerald ash borer (EAB) but are within an EAB-regulated Province or Territory and are not prohibited under §319.37-2(a).


Other quarantines in 7CFR part 319 prohibit and/or require permits for certain plants and plant parts that are intended for planting. If you wish to import any of the following commodities, please see the appropriate quarantine:

 

(Note: all herbaceous material of members of the grass family, Poaceae, is prohibited under 7CFR319.37. The quarantines above for grasses (sugarcane, corn, rice and wheat) apply to seed, as well.)

 



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