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Fruits and Vegetables Permit Information FAQs

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You can use APHIS eFile, an online system for fruits and vegetables permitting. Importers can use eFile to apply for and receive fruits and vegetables import permits (PPQ Form 587), in most cases, the same day they apply.

Yes, you can still use ePermits to access your valid permits and submit amendments. All fruits and vegetables import permits issued through ePermits before September 21, 2020, will be valid until their expiration date and do not need to be transferred to APHIS eFile.

You can renew your fruits and vegetables permit in APHIS eFile 90 days before your permit expires and 30 days after your permit has expired.

When you use APHIS eFile to apply for a fruits and vegetables permit, you can receive your permit the same day in most cases.

Starting on February 1, 2021, you can apply for frozen fruits and vegetables and other process types such as dried, cooked, and pickled, among others in APHIS eFile.

No, you do not need to apply for a permit each time you import fruits or vegetables, provided that your permit(s) specify all of the import requirements for all of the commodities you wish to import and that the permit(s) have not expired.

APHIS will include treatment instructions in the conditions of the approved permit. Please refer to your permit conditions.

Yes, please send a copy of your fruits and vegetables permit(s) with each shipment.

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