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Fruit and Vegetable Permit Information FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does it take for a permit to be issued?
A. It can take up to 30 days for a permit to be processed. Please apply 30 days before your first shipment arrives.

Q. Do I have to apply for a permit each time I import?
No, it is not necessary for you to apply for a permit each time you import fruits or vegetables, provided that your permit(s) specify all import requirements for all the commodities you wish to import and that the permit(s) have not expired.

Q. How do I know what fruit and vegetables require treatment to enter the United States?
USDA will include treatment instructions within the conditions of the approved permit. Please refer to your permit conditions.

Q. Do I need a copy of my permit to accompany each shipment?
A. Yes, please provide a copy of your fruit and vegetable permit(s) along with each shipment.

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