Plant Protection and Quarantine Enforcement Summary

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Enforcement Summary

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, with respect to administrative orders, APHIS obtained its first administrative consent decision and order to resolve alleged violations of federal domestic quarantine regulations involving the P. ramorum (Sudden Oak Death) program.  Following an investigation conducted by IES, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a criminal conviction for fraudulent use of International Plant Protection Convention, International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures marks on wood packaging materials, resulting in a $100,000 penalty—the highest penalty APHIS has received to date involving wood packaging materials.

Totals FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 (mid-year)
Cases Initiated 66 57 22
Warnings 29 18 1
Settlement Agreements 32 24 3
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $82,850 $107,375 $50,625
Non-Monetary Stipulations n/a 0 0
Referrals to OGC 3 (alleged violators)

3 (case)
5 (alleged violators)

3 (alleged violators)

3 (cases)
Administrative Complaints 3 1 1
Administrative Decisions 1 4 2
Civil Penalties Assessed $24,000 $40,750 $8,625
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