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Apply for Your Next Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Import Permit Using APHIS eFile

Starting on Monday, September 21, 2020, stakeholders will be able to use APHIS eFile—APHIS’ new online permitting system—to apply for or renew fresh fruits and vegetables import permits. APHIS eFile is the fast, easy way to apply for and receive fresh fruits and vegetables import permits, in some cases within the same day! Take a few minutes today to look over the user guide.

If you have a fresh fruits and vegetables permit issued through ePermits before September 21, 2020, your permit will remain valid until it expires. You don’t need to do anything at this time. We will continue to issue all other plant and plant product import permits through ePermits.

APHIS eFile is part of APHIS’ commitment to improving the customer experience by reducing regulatory burden and offering intuitive, user-friendly digital experiences.

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