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Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410

WASHINGTON, Oct., 25, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing 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.

Current APHIS regulations contain provisions for the use of departmental permits and several other authorizations to allow the importation of these plant materials into the United States by researchers and scientists affiliated with USDA. The CIP would be used in place of departmental permits and other authorizations, and would consolidate and make consistent the conditions for obtaining authorization for the importation of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant materials. The CIP would also be required for the importation of plant materials for post-entry quarantine.

APHIS would issue the CIP based on consideration of the plant pest risks of the imported plant material and whether such risks can be mitigated sufficiently, as well as the intended use of the plant material and the plant pest risks associated with such use. The CIP would be available to all entities in the United States, including private scientific and academic laboratories and researchers, and commercial and other nongovernmental organizations.

The establishment of the CIP reflects APHIS' ongoing efforts to make its regulations uniform, transparent and easier to understand and implement. APHIS is committed to encouraging research and innovation benefitting U.S. agriculture, while ultimately preserving the health and safety of America's agriculture and natural resources.

This action is published in today's Oct. 25 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Dec. 27. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2008-0055-0001.

  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0055, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2008-0055 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.


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