Plant Protection and Quarantine Enforcement Summary

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Enforcement Summary

To support domestic plant health in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, APHIS initiated 55 cases and issued 18 pre-litigation settlement agreements, resulting in the collection of $101,926.  Following an investigation conducted by IES and the USDA Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a criminal conviction for fraudulent use of International Plant Protection Convention, International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) marks on wood packaging materials, resulting in a $50,000 penalty.  APHIS also obtained an administrative order resolving fraudulent use of ISPM marks, with assessment of a $20,000 civil penalty.

Totals FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Cases Initiated 66 57 55
Warnings 29 18 11
Settlement Agreements 32 24 18
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $82,850 $107,375 $101,926
Non-Monetary Stipulations n/a 0 0
Referrals to OGC 3 (alleged violators)

3 (cases)
5 (alleged violators)

3 (cases)
8 (alleged violators)

5 (cases)
Administrative Complaints 3 1 1
Administrative Decisions 1 4 4
Civil Penalties Assessed $24,000 $40,750 $30,625
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