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APHIS' eFile Expands Fruit and Vegetable Permit Requests to Include Fresh, Dried and Frozen Process Types

APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is excited to expand your options for fruit and vegetable import permit requests in APHIS eFile—APHIS’ online permitting system. APHIS eFile offers customers a simple, streamlined way to apply for and receive fruit and vegetable import permits, in many cases, within the same day! In the ePermits system, these permits could take up to 30 days to be issued.

As of February 1, 2021, you can:

Apply for more fruits and vegetables commodities by choosing different process types such as fresh, dried, and frozen, among others. All other permit types will continue to be issued through ePermits.
Renew, amend, and cancel your permits that have been issued in APHIS eFile.
Check out efile.aphis.usda.gov/s/ today!

Please use APHIS eFile for all your fruits and vegetables import requests. PPQ will no longer issue fruits and vegetables Q.56 permits from ePermits. For a period of time, you still need to use ePermits to apply for other PPQ Form 587 permits (e.g., seeds not for planting). In the future, all PPQ Form 587 permit requests will be available in APHIS eFile.

If you have any questions, please contact PPQ Permit Services at (301) 851-2046 or plantproducts.permits@usda.gov.


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