On September 27, 2021, APHIS expanded the articles available for selection in the new permitting system, APHIS eFile. For all plant and plant products import permits, please use APHIS eFile to apply. Visit APHIS eFile.
On April 7, 2021, APHIS introduced a beta version of the Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR) search tool and launched it on October 1, 2022. Use ACIR to search for import requirements for a variety of agricultural commodities. The data from ACIR automatically populates electronic permits.
Go to the “Help” tab to view short videos on using ACIR. New content is added daily, so feel free to check back regularly.
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Permits are required for the importation into the U.S. and transit through the U.S. of regulated plants and plant products for consumption or propagation. Plant and plant product permits include plants for planting such as nursery stock, small lots of seed, and postentry; plant products such as fruits and vegetable, timber, cotton and cut flowers; protected plants and plant products such as orchids, and threatened and endangered plant species; transit permits to ship regulated articles into, through, and out of the U.S.; and controlled import permits to import prohibited plant materials for research.
The permit applications below are available:
Contact Permit Services: Telephone (301) 851-2046 or (877) 770-5990 (Toll-Free Automated System); Fax (301) 734-5786; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org